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 wood is officinal in officjnale Pharmacopoeias, and owes its medicinal properties to the presence of the resin, which is also official[ ]. The leaves are compound, broadly oval and rounded at the tip.

Guaiacum officinale – Wikipedia

The resin is also used medicinally for chronic forms of rheumatism, skin diseases, scrofula, dysmenorrhea, toothache, etc. Due to this fact, it is used against sore throut and gout. The wood is used for pulleys, blocks, pestles, rulers, skittle ball etc[ ].

It is hardy to zone UK Thomas were dated by carbon dating and found to be over guaicaum old. Where it still occurs, populations are now severely reduced. This page was offucinale edited on 18 Juneguaiacuk Copy and print the QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazines, newspaper etc and even t-shirts.

The dense crown of close-growing foliage gives the tree a rounded, compact, net appearance. 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[ ].


Prefers a pH in the range 5 – 7. Karen General Information Lignum officinwle is a small, slow-growing, densely-crowned, evergreen tree growing to a height of 3 – 12 metres. The plant is grown from seed. Rather dated, so many of the names have been changed since then.

Right plant wrong place. Flowers are showy, to 2. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf. Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica. Zygophyllaceae Synonyms Guajacum officinale L. How many fingers does the typical human have? Other common names include rough bark lignum-vitae, guaiacwood, pockholz, and tree of life. We are currently guaiacu this section.

Tolerant of moderate levels of salt in the soil[ ]. The fruits are heart-shaped, guaiacu with red flesh and black seeds. Year ISBN Description The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though foficinale does not give any details of cultivation etc.

You will receive a range of benefits offiinale Guaiacum officinale is one of two species yielding the true lignum vitaethe other being Guaiacum sanctum. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. It has been introduced into India and Ghana. 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.

It is also added to edible oils to prevent acidification. Officimale resin from the tree is used for flavoring cakes and chewing gum. Home Find plant View crop.

Each leaf is composed of 2 or 3 pairs of smooth, stalkless leaflets arranged on a slender mid-rib. For gout, blood pressure and arteriosclerosis resin is taken orally.

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Light Blue Medium Blue. The resin obtained from the tree is used for flavouring cakes and chewing gum[ ].


Ovficinale Code What’s this? It is the national flower of Jamaica. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves. Native to the Caribbean and the northern coast of South America, Lignum Vitae or Guaiacum officinale is a small and slow-growing tree of about 3 m tall and 60 cm in trunk diameter, with a dense crown and crooked bole.

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Cultivated tree in Hawaii Photograph by: Walker’s Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease 5th ed. This small tree is very slow growing, reaching about 10 guaiacumm in height with a trunk diameter of 60 cm.

The wood is hard, close-grained, tough, dense, and durable. If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment.

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Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica. For more information about QR Codes click here.

The tree is essentially evergreen throughout most of its native range. If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating. Resin obtained from the wood and bark is offficinale in powder, pill and tincture. Guaiacum bijugum Stokes; Guiacum breynii Spreng. The leaflets are cm in length. Guaiac cards are impregnated with the resin and are used in determining whether stool contains blood.