Guaiacum officinale L. , Sp. Pl. 381 1753. (Syn: Guaiacum bijugum Stokes; Guaiacum breynii Spreng.);
USA (Florida), Bahamas, Cayman Isl., Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Virgin Isl. (Anegada, Guana, St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Tortola, Virgin Gorda), Lesser Antilles (Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Barthelemy, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent), Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Isla Margarita, Venezuela (Anzoategui, Apure, Aragua, Bolivar, Carabobo, Dependencias Federales, Distrito Federal, Falcon, Guarico, Nueva Esparta, Portuguesa, Sucre, Zulia), Guyana, Surinam, Colombia (La Guajira, Magdalena, Sucre, Valle), Southern Marianas (I) (Guam (I)), Pakistan (I), Vietnam (I), trop. Africa (I), Benin (I), Trinidad & Tobago (I) as per CoL;
Florida, Panama to Venezuela and Peru, Caribbean: Aruba, Bahamas, Cayman Is., Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Florida, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Netherlands Antilles, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks-Caicos Is., Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.; Introduced into: Ascension, Hawaii, Honduras, Marianas, Vietnam as per POWO;
Guaiacum, Lignum vitae, Tree of life, Gum Guaiacum;

Guaiacum officinale L. flowering:
Guaiacum officinale L. –Lignum vitae seen flowering at Rani baug, Mumbai
on 6 Feb. 2011.  The small dark blue flowers turn white after fading.

– This plant is native to West Indies

We have a white variety of Guaicum in Govt secretariat campus trivandrum, sorry I dont have a photograph with my end. Hope that also belongs to the same species?

– Possibly the same species … if the white flowers are the faded ones, initially dark blue. There are five ovate petals with acute tips. The fruit is initially green, flat obcordate capsules enclosing ovoid seeds and turn orange brown on ripening. Ref : Trees of Mumbai.


Guaiacum officinale:
Would like to share with you all, the pictures of Guaiacum officinale profusely flowering in south Mumbai.

– One good tree at Hyderabad Estate, Napeansea Road. It is senior central govt officers’ colony.

– It is indeed Guaiacum officinaleIn Chennai one can see this tree(s) in Theosophical Society Campus. This is the season.

– Nice to see the blue flowers with the details in photography, covering all the plant parts.


Guaacum officinale be seen on the eastern seaboard ?:
would like to know if Guaacum officinale be seen on the eastern seaboard?  Calcutta to be specific. .. posted one in Bombay…

– … there is good hope of finding at least one tree in Kolkata; as cited in
To start with, please try knowing whether it is found in the botanical garden.

Guaicum officionale:
Guaiacum officionaleLignum vitae – Tree of Life

I love this tree for its reputation, life giving properties and beautiful flowers… not seen one in Kolkata yet…

tell me is it flowering right now?
secondly can you take a pic of the whole tree?
and seeds? fruits, any yet???

… pictures are from Lalbagh, Bangalore I guess…
I have seen them in Jamaica.. is native of the islands, grows very v v v………….ery slowly… hardest of the woods, sinks in water, one of the two or three woods that I have seen that sink… has a terpenoid resin and oil that’s good for the distal lung’s functioning … and gets beautiful fruits and red seeds.. saw them at Miami and in a Costa rican collection… Kolkata was supposed to have had a couple but cant find them now… does not die so easily, so must mean some greedy guy got to them… highly prized in serious Herbal Medicine ….

These are from lalbagh too – I have seen only one tree, it should be the same

…both your tree looks like it is the same… I must make a pilgrimage to Lalbagh , esp when this tree flowers next… …: would you please tell me when that happens… will fly down… I guess it would be september.. so will keep it in my mind… do you visit lalbagh that often? since cant hang around bangalore all month… I guess it will have to be fine tuned based on your info… Thanks…


Seeds,Fruit,Pods of Guaiacum officinale – 110412m – RK2:
Seeds, Pods, Fruit of Guaiacum officinaleTree of Life Lignum vitae

One near the main gate, on the right when you enter it.
I found one more tree in Lalbagh.
Another one near the bahuhinia racemosa, copper pods

I have seen this tree in Rani Bagh Mumbai, very close to the entrance.

Id please
A medium sized tree at Vijay-Vilas Palace Mandvi,Gujrat

Beautiful pictures of Guaiacum officinale (Zygophyllaceae).

This is the ‘Tree of Life’ [Lignum vitae].

yes Guaiacum officinale (Zygophyllaceae) as suggested by … and yes its common name is Tree of life as suggested by …,,
In Mumbai (Victoria Garden (VG) has a row of this tree in front of Wooden conservatory in VG)
The flowers are very beautiful when in full bloom.

07042013 BRS 472 : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. confirmation.
Date: 01.04.2013
Location Adyar, Chennai

Habitat: Garden
Habit: small tree

Guaiacum officinale, commonly known as Roughbark Lignum-vitae,[3] or Gaïacwood, is a species of tree in the caltrop family, Zygophyllaceae, that is native to the Caribbean and the northern coast of South America.[2]
We have a white variety of the species at Govt secretariate campus in Trivandrum, Kerala

Tree ID : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

This tree was found in Coimbatore city.
Medium sized tree, with cement colored rough bark.
Blue colored Actinomorphic Bisexual flowers, 5 petals, polypetalous, 5 seperate sepals, 8 stamen arranged in a circle around the stigma. Hypogynous.
Leaves opposite pari-pinnate, thick dark green leaves, Elliptical, individual leafs do not have leaf stock. Leaf surface smooth.
Tree resembles Murrya Paniculata in general appearence (but flower blue in color, but no fragnence), Flower petals fall off easily, seed similar to that of Murrya paniculata.
Apologies for the poor photograph and also I am not a Botanist… My expressions may be a bit odd.

Guaiacum officinale of Zygophyllaceae.


Shrub id requested : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Habit: Small woody shrub
Habitat: Roadside
Location: Venkataramnaguddem, Andhra Pradesh
Date: March 2016

Guaiacum officinale L. [Zygophyllaceae].

March in Theosophical society campus in Chennai; Jijimata Udyan (Rani Bagh), Byculla, Mumbai– April’09?; on 24-09-09 in Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore; 08-05-2010 / 05:20PM: Veer Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai;  in Chennai- July’10?;

Tree of Life. – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Guaiacum officinale -090510-PKA3 – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Lignum vitae-Treeof Life – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Lignum Vitae – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Guaiacum officinale (common name: lignum vitae) – indiantreepix | Google Groups


Guaiacum officinale:
I am forwarding herewith the photographs of the tree in flowering: Guaiacum officinale.  Photographed in Theosophical society campus last week by a friend.

Yes, as per images at