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Taxales, the Yew Order
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Taxaceae, yew-like trees
The Order Taxales in the Division Pinophyta, Class Pinopsida includes the yews. There is but one family, the Taxaceae. The majority of true conifers are classified in the Order Pinales. Some botanists do not recognize this order, considering the Taxaceae to belong in the Pinales. The distinguishing characteristic is the absence of seed cones in the Taxales.

A fleshy aril surrounds each seed in the yew which lacks seed cones