Definition of stinking cedar in US English:

stinking cedar


  • A tree of the yew family found only in Florida, with fetid leaves, branches, and timber.

    Torreya taxifolia, family Taxaceae

    Also called Florida torreya
    • ‘He brought the Florida torreya tree to the attention of science and named it after Dr. Torrey.’
    • ‘Probably every existing Florida torreya in its present native habitat is a product of vegetative reproduction.’
    • ‘The park is named for the Florida torreya tree, a medium-sized evergreen found only along a short stretch of the Apalachicola.’
    • ‘The preserve protects two of the world's rarest evergreens, the Florida torreya and Florida yew.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A study of on-site preservation of Florida torreya by The Nature Conservancy, now largely completed, has greatly improved census information on wild populations.’