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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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Guaiacum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Guaiacum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Guaiacum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Guaiacum
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iNaturalist: Guaiacum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Guaiacum
JSTOR Plant Science: Guaiacum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Guaiacum
Plants of the World Online: Guaiacum
Tropicos: Guaiacum
Wikipedia: Guaiacum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Guaiacum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2507, retrieved 5 June 2023

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