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Taxus baccata - common yew
Taxus baccata is a conifer native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia. In the ancient Celtic world, the yew tree (*eburos) had extraordinary importance; a passage by Caesar narrates that Cativolcus, chief of the Eburones poisoned himself with yew rather than submit to Rome (Gallic Wars 6: 31) Yew poisonings are relatively common in both domestic and wild animals who consume the plant accidentally,resulting in "countless fatalities in livestock".
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