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Beautiful blue and blue and white Guaiacum officinale flowers with yellow anthers
guaiacum officinale
Guaiacum officinale

A slow growing tree originating from the Caribbean and the northern coast of South America notably tolerant to wind and salt​. Beyond its ornamental allure of rich blue flowers, it holds a trove of commercial and medicinal values. The extremely dense and hard wood of Guaiacum officinale has found utility. Furthermore, its hard wood and resin are key in preparing medicinal extracts, offering a range of health benefits including anti-rheumatic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, and mild laxative activities​5​​6​. Additionally, the wood serves as a flavoring agent in foods, edible oils, and fats. Photographed in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Guaiacum officinale yellow-orange fruits with some of the fruits open exposing a red flesh
Blue and white flowers on top of a Guaiacum officinale tree
Blue and white flowers on a Guaiacum officinale tree in bloom

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