IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)

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Taxaceae -- Yew family

    Richard Stalter

    Florida torreya (Torreya taxifolia) is an endangered species.  This small rare tree is nearly extinct in the wild, threatened by a fungal  disease of the stem. Known locally as stinking-cedar because of the  pungent odor given off when the leaves are crushed, it was first  discovered in 1833 by H. B. Croom near the Aspalaga Crossing on the  Apalachicola River. Its rarity limited its use except locally for  fenceposts and Christmas trees. The largest living specimen is in North  Carolina and measures about 89 cm (35 in) in d.b.h., 14 m (45 ft) in  height, with a crown spread of 12 m (40 ft).


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Richard Stalter

Source: Silvics of North America

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