Florida yew is an endangered species found in a 15 mile stretch along the Apalachicola River in the western panhandle of Florida. The ravines and forest slopes where the Florida yew grows were impacted by logging of longleaf pines in the early 1900s, fragmenting and reducing its range. The plant is now protected on public lands, but the increasing deer population continues to threaten it.
These plants are dioecious - meaning that the individual plants are either female or male. With such a small population, female and male plants may be far apart from each other, decreasing seed production.