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Conservation status

Cephalotaxus griffithii

Hooker 1888

Common names

Griffith's plum yew (Tripp 1995).

Taxonomic notes

Herbarium specimens indicate it is similar to the geographically overlapping species C. mannii, C. oliveri and C. sinensis. See C. mannii for further information, including a useful description and illustration.


Needles 5-7.5 cm long, 3 mm wide (Tripp 1995).

Distribution and Ecology

India: Arunachal Pradesh (Mishmi Hills), Manipur, Nagaland; N Myanmar (=Burma) (Farjon 1998); China: W Sichuan. Grows at 1830 m elevation in India (Tripp 1995). Hardy to Zone 9 (cold hardiness limit between -6.6°C and -1.1°C) (Bannister and Neuner 2001).

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The epithet honors William Griffith, British botanist, who collected widely in India and neighboring lands before dying of a tropical disease at the age of 35 (Lang 1913).


Lang, W.H. 1913. William Griffith. Pp. 170-188 in F.W. Oliver (ed.), Makers of British Botany. Cambridge: The University Press. Pp. 178-191. Available at Google Books.

See also

Hooker, J.D. 1890. Flora of British India 5:647-648.

Oliver, D. 1890. Cephalotaxus griffithii. Vol. X, pt. 1, 3rd series of J.D. Hooker (ed.) Hooker's Icones Plantarum. Note: the plant pictured in this article, pl. 1933, is actually C. oliveri.

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