Guaiacum officinale is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium. Guaiac is a natural resin extracted from the wood of the Guaiacum officinale plant . The basis of the test depends on the presence of the heme moiety from the. Synonyms, Guajacum officinale L. Common names, gayak, gayak fran, frazostrae , pokhout, guaiacum, lignum-vitae tree, arbre de vie, bois saint, gaïac, gaïac.

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This small tree is very slow growing, reaching about 10 m in height with a trunk diameter of 60 cm. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form.

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Guaiac cards are impregnated with the resin and are used in determining whether stool contains blood. David Stang Leaves Photograph by: In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

The name lignum-vitae wood of life originated from the supposition that the material was possessed of extraordinary remedial powers. Guaiacum officinale is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m 32ft by 10 m 32ft at a slow rate.

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International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is the national flower of Jamaica. The most important as well as the most exacting use for it is for bearing or bushing blocks lining the stern tubes of propeller shafts of steamships[ ]. Guaiacum bijugum Stokes; Guiacum breynii Spreng. For more information about Officinale Codes click here.

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Walker’s Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease 5th ed. Listed as Endangered EN C2a v2. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1, – 2,mm, but tolerates – 3,mm[ ]. David Stang Cultivated tree in Hawaii Photograph by: Your comments The flower labeled Tree of Life is Publisher Kampong Publications, California.

Leaves ofdicinale fruits Photograph by: The leaves are compound, broadly oval and rounded at the tip. Guaiacum officinale Conservation status. If you have important information about this plant that may help other ocficinale please add a comment or link below.

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Propagation Seed – Cite as: QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone smartphone cameras. Resin is applied to the tooth for a toothache, and applied externally for rheumatism.

It is also added to edible oils to prevent acidification.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. You can translate officinle content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Beautiful blue flowers grow in great profusion and almost cover the tree and remain for a long time.

Succeeds in a range of fertile, moisture-retentive soils[ ]. The wood is remarkable for the direction of its fibres, each layer of which crosses the previous diagonally[ ].


The wood is officinal fuaiacum many Pharmacopoeias, and owes its medicinal properties to the presence of the resin, which is also official[ ].

Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica. It is used for guaiacm, blocks, pestles, etc. Now containing plants. It is distinctly ornamental on a lawn. For gout, blood pressure and arteriosclerosis resin is taken orally.

Tree growing in native habitat Photograph by: Plants are very tolerant of salt-laden winds[ ].

Joel Abroad Tree growing in native habitat Photograph by: Steel and tube mills are made using lignum-vitae in increasing officinape to replace brass and babbit metal for bearings in roller mills and pumps, as the initial cost is less than metal, the life is several times longer, and lubrication officinaale unnecessary[ ]. You can unsubscribe at anytime.

Tolerant of moderate levels of salt in the soil[ ]. The genus, Guaiacum, is taken from the tree’s Caribbian name. Right plant wrong place.

Some of the resins active ingredients are effective anti inflammatory agents.

Lignum Vitae, Guaiacum, Guayacan. Where it still occurs, populations are now severely reduced.