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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The name lignum-vitae wood of life originated from the supposition that the material was possessed of extraordinary remedial powers. Cultivated tree in Hawaii Photograph by: Other common names include rough bark lignum-vitae, guaiacwood, pockholz, and tree of life.

This QR Code is unique to this page. Some of the resins active ingredients are effective anti inflammatory agents. Prefers a pH in the range 5 – 7.

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It is a useful remedy in the treatment of chronic forms of rheumatism ; also in syphilitic and gouty affections, scrofula, skin diseases, dysmenorrhoea, and other uterine affections[ ]. Views Read Edit View history. Established plants are very drought tolerant. Publisher Kampong Publications, California.

It is hardy to zone UK David Stang Small tree Photograph by: 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. Offjcinale and tube mills are made using lignum-vitae in increasing amounts to replace brass and babbit metal for bearings offixinale roller mills and pumps, as the initial cost is less than metal, the life is several times longer, and lubrication is unnecessary[ ].


Propagation Seed – Cite as: The wood is officinal in many Pharmacopoeias, and owes its medicinal properties to the presence of the resin, which is also official[ ]. David Stang Leaves Photograph by: Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included.

Both resin and the wood possess stimulant, diaphoretic, and alterative properties, though oofficinale resin has a much stronger action[ ]. This small tree is very slow growing, reaching about 10 m in height with a trunk diameter of 60 cm.

Tree growing in native habitat Photograph by: Beautiful blue flowers grow in great profusion and almost cover the tree and remain for a long time. The wood is hard, close-grained, tough, dense, and durable. Its great strength and tenacity, combined with the self-lubricating properties due to the resin content, make this guaaicum especially adapted for offidinale underwater[ ].

It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 – 28? Joel Abroad Tree growing in native habitat Photograph by: America – Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas to the Caribbean.

Guaiacum officinale – Tree of Life

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Fruiting branch Photograph by: The most important use for it is for bearing lining the stern tubes of propeller shafts. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life.

The resin from the tree is used for flavoring cakes and chewing gum.

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Alluvial deposits near the coast[ ]. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

The most important as well as the most exacting use for it is for bearing or bushing blocks lining the stern oficinale of propeller shafts of steamships[ ]. Right plant wrong place.

As the older blooms fade from deep blue to paler shades, some becoming almost white, a striking variegation of colour is produced. Zygophyllaceae Synonyms Guajacum officinale L. Stem is generally crooked wood intensely hard, the branches knotty and bark deeply furrowed.