Griffith's plum yew (Tripp 1995).
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).
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).
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.
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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