Nepali Name: Launth Sallo
Scientific name: Taxus Buccata
Distribution: It is a tall graceful tree distributed between 1700 to 3400m altitude of temperate Himalayans. It is a coniferous evergreen tree.
Use: Its wood serves multifold use. Tincture yielded from its tender foliage is used for headache, diarrhea, epilepsy, neurological, respiratory, giddiness, and stomachic disorder in homeopathy medicines. Its tender foliage is also used for taxol extraction which is applicable to cure cancer.
Protection: It can be regenerated through seed and stem cutting. Only foliage is useful for medicines so it should be collected carefully before developing the cone so that other parts of tree-like twigs are not broken. Due to high market value and demand, it is going to be endangered.
Causes of rareness
- Overgrazing causing the destruction of the Himalayan yew.
- Overexploitation of Himalayan yew to get more economic benefit.
- Forest fire, deforestation.
- Nursery production of Himalayan yew for its plantation.
- Make people aware of its medicinal use it.
- Control over grazing.