Sp. Pl. 1: 381. 1753
sc, se United States, Mexico, West Indies, Central America, n South America.
Species ca. 6 (2 in the flora).
Guaiacum wood is hard and resinous, long used in turnery and medicine. Several species are grown as ornamentals for their showy flowers in southern Florida, southern Arizona, Mexico, the West Indies, and Central America. Guaiacum officinale Linnaeus is known from Florida not only in cultivation, but also as a local escape; however, it has not become naturalized. It can easily be distinguished from G. sanctum by its leaves having only (2–)4–6 shiny, green, obovate leaflets that are 15–35(–60) × 25–35 mm. The fruits are 2-lobed and contain only 1 or 2 seeds.
|Author||Duncan M. Porter +|
|Common name||Lignum vitae +|
|Distribution||sc +, se United States +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America + and n South America. +|
|Etymology||Spanish mispronunciation of "Huaicum," Bahamas Islands Taino Amerindians' name for the tree and the medicine derived from its resin +|
|Illustration copyright||Flora of North America Association +|
|Illustrator||Barbara Alongi +|
|Publication title||Sp. Pl. +|
|Publication year||1753 +|
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|Taxon family||Zygophyllaceae +|
|Taxon name||Guaiacum +|
|Taxon parent||Zygophyllaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 12 +|