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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 tree is native to the West Indies, southern Florida, the western coast of Central America, and the northern coast of South America. The leaves are compound, 2. The wood is remarkable for the direction of its fibres, each layer of which crosses the previous diagonally[ ].

Beautiful blue flowers grow in great profusion and almost cover the tree and remain for a long time. The tree is essentially evergreen throughout most of its native range. As the older blooms fade from deep blue to paler shades, some becoming almost white, a striking variegation of colour is produced. Other common names include rough bark orficinale, guaiacwood, pockholz, and tree of life. Flowers are showy, to 2.

Guaiacum officinale

Light Blue Medium Blue. The resin is also regarded as an emmenagogue[ ]. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Listed as Endangered EN C2a v2.

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Cultivated tree in Hawaii Photograph by: The wood is officinal in many Pharmacopoeias, and owes its medicinal properties to the presence of the resin, which is also official[ ]. Offiicnale will receive a range of benefits including: Some of the resins active ingredients foficinale effective anti inflammatory agents. The resin obtained from the tree is used for flavouring cakes and chewing gum[ ]. The heme portion of hemoglobin contains peroxidase and will catalyze the oxidation of guaiaconic acid when hydrogen peroxide is placed on the Guaiac card if blood is present in the stool.

Guaiacum officinale Conservation status. Home Find plant View crop. Leaves, flowers and immature fruits Photograph by: It is hardy to zone UK America – Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas to the Caribbean.

Guaiacum officinale is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m 32ft by 10 m 32ft at a slow rate. Lignum Vitae, Guaiacum, Guayacan. The leaves are compound, 2. QR Code What’s this? Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. Apothecaries use shavings and raspings of the wood for medicinal purposes, in the same way the bark is employed for medicine.

The heart wood is of a dark greenish-brown colour, owing to the deposition of guiacum resin ; the sap wood is pale-yellow[ ].

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Regeneration is good offidinale growth is very slow. Tolerant of moderate levels of salt in the soil[ ]. Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can.

Guaiacum officinale – Tree of Life

Plants are very tolerant of salt-laden winds[ ]. Right plant wrong place. It cannot grow in the shade.

Established plants are very drought tolerant[ ]. Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica. Joel Abroad Tree growing in native habitat Photograph by: Please view the copyright officinalr for more information.

We are currently updating this section. America – Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas to the Caribbean.

The genus, Guaiacum, is taken from the tree’s Caribbian name. If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant officniale to life.

It is also added to edible oils to prevent acidification.

Tell a friend about this flower! For gout, blood pressure and arteriosclerosis resin is taken orally. Your comments The flower labeled Tree of Life is This species is the national tree of Jamaica, where it is widely planted as a street tree[ ].