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Unless you're a bird (although some authorities say that the red fleshy part, the aril, is safe to eat, but absolutely not the seed) - pretty though :)

Kostika says:

We have some of those in the cemetary inthe village. They're so pretty with all the little red bits on them.

24th Sep 2007, 11:58

norm says:

It's true - the red fleshy part is actually very sweet and tasty, though the seed in the middle is highly poisonous. I know it's true because I've tried them myself.

24th Sep 2007, 12:24

Caine says:

Beautiful though. I've never seen a yew tree up close and personal.

24th Sep 2007, 20:49

hildegard says:

Kostika - they were planted in chuchyards because they were needed for english longbows. Their habit of killing everything underneath their boughs is less offensive in a graveyard than elsewhere & the church probably made money selling the wood (it's still on the english statute books, AFAIK, that every able-bodied english bloke not in holy orders is obliged to do a couple of hours' archery practice every week, in case of war.)

24th Sep 2007, 20:50

Kostika says:

Hildegard thank you for that little piece of knowledge. I didn't know that.

24th Sep 2007, 21:04

Joe says:

*dusts off longbow.

I looked at the flower on the left first and wondered how you'd managed to breed a tree that grows ready stuffed olives.

24th Sep 2007, 21:20

one of our teachers in junior school bigged up the yew's toxicity to the point where we were terrified to even stand near one.

24th Sep 2007, 23:29

Dhamaka says:

nice shots
para - as a child my own reading did that... until common sense took over

24th Sep 2007, 23:48

bronxelf says:

We have these bushes all over my neighborhood. We used to call them birdberries, since the birds would eat them, but we weren't supposed to. We used to love to squish them on our way home from school. Next time I'm out I'll take a photo of some here. They're everywhere on my block.

25th Sep 2007, 11:47

Euphro says:

They do look like stuffed olives :D

I made a crude yew bow as a child. Very springy :D

26th Sep 2007, 10:34

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