3968.000 Guaiacum L.

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs, evergreen and slow growing; nodes often swollen. Leaves opposite, paripinnate; leaflets 2-14, sessile base usually unequal; stipules minute, deciduous. Inflorescence in axillary clusters of one to several flowers. Flowers stalked, showy and fragrant; sepals 4-5, overlapping; petals 4-5, blue to lavender (rarely white). Fruit a dehiscent capsule, 2-5-lobed or winged, orange to red, leathery, smooth. Seed 1 per lobe enclosed in a coloured aril.

Worldwide: 4-5 species in the warm, dry tropics of Mexico, Central America, northern South America and the Caribbean, including southern Florida and the Bahamas.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Guaiacum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Guaiacum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Guaiacum
Wikipedia: Guaiacum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Guaiacum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Guaiacum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Guaiacum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2507, retrieved 11 August 2022

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