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Guaiacum officinale L. An extremely valuable timber is obtained from the tree. The name lignum-vitae wood of life originated from the supposition that the material was possessed of extraordinary remedial powers. The tree also has great ornamental value - beautiful blue flowers grow in great profusion and almost cover the tree and remain for a long time. The timber and medicinal resin have been traded for several centuries as lignum-vitae, and overexploitation has taken place throughout the species' range.

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Tell a friend about this flower! Tree of Life is a tree yeilding the true lignum vitae, a wood once used to treat syphilis. Lignum Vitae is the heaviest and densest wood in the world and will rapidly sink to the bottom when placed in water. It resists rot caused by insects and moisture so effectively that remains of Lignum vitae wood used as posts for dwellings by Taino Indians discovered in Tutu, St.

Thomas were dated by carbon dating and found to be over years old. The genus, Guaiacum, is taken from the tree's Caribbian name. The tree is native to the West Indies, southern Florida, the western coast of Central America, and the northern coast of South America. This small tree is very slow growing, reaching about 10 m in height with a trunk diameter of 60 cm. The tree is essentially evergreen throughout most of its native range. The leaves are compound, 2. Flowers are showy, to 2.

The flowers have five petals which yield a bright yellow-orange fruit with red flesh and black seeds. Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica. Flowering: March-October. Medicinal uses: Some of the resins active ingredients are effective anti inflammatory agents. Due to this fact, it is used against sore throut and gout. File size.

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The tree is essentially evergreen throughout most of its native range. The leaves are compound, 2. The blue flowers have five petals that yield a bright-yellow-orange fruit with red flesh and black seeds. Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica. Guaiacum officinale is one of two species yielding the true lignum vitae , the other being Guaiacum sanctum. Guaiac, a natural resin extracted from the wood, is a colorless compound that turns blue when placed in contact with substances that have peroxidase activity and then are exposed to hydrogen peroxide.

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Guaiacum officinale

Tell a friend about this flower! Tree of Life is a tree yeilding the true lignum vitae, a wood once used to treat syphilis. Lignum Vitae is the heaviest and densest wood in the world and will rapidly sink to the bottom when placed in water. It resists rot caused by insects and moisture so effectively that remains of Lignum vitae wood used as posts for dwellings by Taino Indians discovered in Tutu, St.

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