Evergreen trees or shrubs, branches opposite. Leaves needle-like, spirally arranged, but appear nearly 2-ranked on an even plane, a distinct mid-vein above, 2 wide stomatal bands below. Plants dioecious- male and female "flowers" on separate plants. Male strobili in globe-like heads in leaf-axils of young shoots. Female cones, 1-3, in basal scales of very young shoots. Native range from the Himalayas to East Asia; specifically southern and eastern Asia-Japan, Korea, south, central, and eastern China, Hainan, Taiwan, India, Burma, Laos, and parts of Vietnam.
Cephalotaxus: Greek kephle, a head; taxus, a yew, a reference to the appearance of the trees which resemble yews.
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