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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Fruiting branch Photograph by: Guaiac cards are impregnated with the resin and are used in determining whether stool contains blood. QR Code What’s this?

Tell a friend about this flower! Resin is applied to the tooth for a toothache, and applied externally for rheumatism. An extremely valuable timber is obtained from the tree. America – Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas to the Caribbean. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 – 28? Leaves and fruits Photograph by: The flowers are blue in color with guwiacum petals. Walker’s Pediatric Gastrointestinal Orficinale 5th ed.

Publisher Government of Jamaica, Kingston. Rather dated, so many of the names have been changed since then. The tree is native of the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico.


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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[ guaiacu.

Publisher Kampong Officinalr, California. Zygophyllaceae Synonyms Guajacum officinale L. Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica. Listed as Endangered EN C2a v2. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources offidinale answer questions ourselves.

Thomas were dated by carbon dating and found to be over years old. Apothecaries use shavings and raspings of the wood for medicinal purposes, in the same way the bark is employed for medicine.

The timber and medicinal resin have been traded for several centuries as lignum-vitae, and overexploitation has taken place throughout the species’ range. Right plant wrong place. Roughbark lignum-vitae was listed as an endangered species by the IUCN in Guaiiacum common names include rough bark lignum-vitae, guaiacwood, pockholz, and tree of life. Resin obtained from the wood and bark is used in powder, pill and tincture.

This QR Code is unique to this page. The wood is officinal in many Pharmacopoeias, and owes its medicinal properties to the presence of the resin, which is also official[ ].

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The most important use for it is for bearing lining the stern tubes of propeller shafts. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf. If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating. The heart wood is of a dark greenish-brown colour, owing to the deposition of guiacum resin ; the sap wood is pale-yellow[ ]. David Stang Small officinae Photograph by: Tree growing in native habitat Photograph by: Dry and humid coastal woodland[ ].


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For gout, blood pressure and arteriosclerosis resin is taken orally. The wood is hard, close-grained, tough, dense, and durable.

Regeneration is good but growth is very slow. It cannot grow in the shade. Some of the resins active ingredients are effective anti inflammatory agents.

Guaiacum officinale Lignum Vitae, Guaiacum, Guayacan PFAF Plant Database

Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Lignum Vitae Small tree Photograph by: Succeeds in a range of fertile, moisture-retentive soils[ ]. The tree is native to the West Indies, southern Florida, the western coast of Central America, and the northern coast of South America. Oofficinale For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Guaiacum bijugum Stokes; Guiacum breynii Spreng.