for "wood of life," is a tropical American evergreen tree of the genus Guajacum
. The hard, dense, and durable wood, obtained chiefly from G. officinale
and G. sanctum
, is important for ship construction and other uses requiring strength and hardness. The trees are grown in Florida
for ornament. They also yield guajacum[?]
, a gum resin used in certain drugs.
Lignum vitae is the national flower of Jamaica.
Various other hardwoods of Australasia (e.g., the acacia and eucalyptus) are also called lignum vitae.
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