Trees deciduous or evergreen. Branchlets terete. Lateral roots commonly producing erect, irregularly conic to rounded "knees" in periodically flooded habitats. Leaves alternate, in 2 ranks or not. Adult leaves divergent to strongly appressed, linear or linear-lanceolate to deltate, generally flattened, free portion to ca. 17 mm; abaxial glands absent. Pollen cones with 10--20 sporophylls, each sporophyll with 2--10 pollen sacs. Seed cones maturing and shattering in 1 season, nearly globose; scales falling early, 5--10, valvate, ± peltate, thin and woody. Seeds (1--)2 per scale, irregularly 3-angled, wingless; cotyledons 4--9. x = 11.
"Male cones numerous, in drooping terminal panicles, the microsporophylls mostly 6–8; female cones on branches of the previous year, long-persistent, subglobose, the several or many scales irregularly quadrangular above, each with 2 ovules; deciduous trees with dimorphic branches, some persistent and forming axillary buds, others deciduous in autumn with their lvs. 2, the other Mexican."
|[Taxus, generic name of yew, and Greek -oides, like]|