Its name in the Latin translation means "wood of life”, probably adopted due to its medicinal properties. The tree comes from tropical America and continental West Indies.

In Jamaica, it grows best in dry forests along the north and south coast of the island. The plant is very ornate, producing an attractive blue flower and orange-yellow fruit, and its crown has an attractive rounded shape.

The species of this tree is one of the most useful in the world. Wood, rubber, bark, fruit, leaves and flowers - all elements are applicable. Rubber (guaiac glue) obtained from its resin was considered a laxative. It was also exported to Europe from the early 16th century as a cure for Syphillis (in combination with mercury) and used
as a remedy for gout.

In the olden days, Lignum Vitae wood was used as a propeller shaft bearing on almost all ships floating on "Seven Seas". I suspect that more than one floating pirate unit "Black Pearl" had the equipment of a ship of this kind of wood. ;)

For this reason, Lignum vitae and Jamaica are recognizable in shipyards around the world. It is a very heavy wood that falls into the water. Due to its strength it is used for manufacture such items as mortars, hammers, pulleys. Sometimes it is used to make furniture.


You will soon find sculptures made by native artists on the stalls, cup mats, Bob's bust and minor ornaments on the strap, it is characterized by long lasting, delicate aroma. I know it well, because I brought a chopping board from Lingnum Vitae, but I only use it as a decorative item.