One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tree of the yew family found only in Florida, with fetid leaves, branches, and timber.
Torreya taxifolia, family Taxaceae. Alternative name: Florida torreya
- ‘He brought the Florida torreya tree to the attention of science and named it after Dr. Torrey.’
- ‘A study of on-site preservation of Florida torreya by The Nature Conservancy, now largely completed, has greatly improved census information on wild populations.’
- ‘Probably every existing Florida torreya in its present native habitat is a product of vegetative reproduction.’
- ‘The preserve protects two of the world's rarest evergreens, the Florida torreya and Florida yew.’
- ‘T. taxifolia, or stinking cedar, is an extremely rare conifer that once towered fifty feet above the forested ravines of the Apalachicola drainage system in northern Florida.’
- ‘The park is named for the Florida torreya tree, a medium-sized evergreen found only along a short stretch of the Apalachicola.’
- ‘When American Forests reported on the status of endangered trees and their champions in 1996, four trees were on the brink: roundleaf birch, Florida torreya, key-tree cactus, and Santa Cruz cypress.’
- ‘The Florida torreya was listed as federally endangered in 1984 under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and efforts are underway to re-establish this once thriving species in its native habitat.’
- ‘Endangered and threatened species, numbering 54 as of August 2003, include the key tree-cactus, Chapman rhododendron, Harper's beauty, fragrant prickly-apple, two species of pawpaw, four species of ming, and Florida torreya.’
- ‘In the 1950s, stinking cedars started to die off - it is believed due to a fungal disease - and by the mid-'60s, no mature trees remained.’
- ‘Florida yew is similar to the Florida torreya, another exceedingly rare tree in the yew family.’
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