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 resin is also used medicinally for chronic forms of rheumatism, skin diseases, scrofula, dysmenorrhea, toothache, etc. Lignum Vitae is the officinale and densest wood in the world and will rapidly sink to the bottom when placed in water. Publisher Government of Jamaica, Kingston.

The great strength and tenacity of the timber, combined with the self-lubricating properties due to the resin content, make this wood especially adapted for bearing underwater. Tree growing in native habitat Photograph by: Guaiacuum wood is used for pulleys, blocks, pestles, rulers, skittle ball etc[ ]. How many fingers does the typical human have?

Stem is generally crooked wood intensely hard, the branches knotty and bark deeply furrowed. Guaiacum officinale Conservation status. Established plants are very drought tolerant. Guaiacum officinale is the national flower of Jamaica. Retrieved from ” https: Now containing plants. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.

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Tree of Life is a tree yeilding the true lignum vitae, a wood once used to treat syphilis.

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. The flowers have five petals which yield a bright yellow-orange fruit with red flesh and black seeds.

Guaiacum officinale

Guaiac, a natural resin extracted from the wood, is a colorless compound that turns blue when placed in contact with substances that have peroxidase activity and then are exposed to hydrogen peroxide. Other common names include rough bark lignum-vitae, guaiacwood, pockholz, and tree of life. It resists rot caused by insects and moisture so effectively that remains of Lignum vitae wood used as posts for dwellings by Taino Indians discovered in Tutu, St.

Rather dated, so many of the names have been changed since then. For a list of references used on this page please go here A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page.

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You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Joel Guaicum Tree growing in native habitat Photograph by: It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1, – 2,mm, but tolerates – 3,mm[ ]. Zygophyllaceae Synonyms Guajacum officinale L. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here. Prefers a sunny position[ ].


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Small tree Photograph by: It can be killed by temperatures of 1? The wood is hard, close-grained, tough, dense, and durable.

This small tree is very slow growing, reaching about 10 m in height with a trunk diameter of 60 cm. If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. 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[ ]. Right plant wrong place. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Walker’s Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease 5th ed. Cultivated tree in Hawaii Photograph by: The resin is applied to the tooth for treating a toothache, and also applied externally to bring relief in cases of rheumatism[ ].