lignum vitae


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lignum vitae

Herbal medicine
A Caribbean tree that is rich in saponins, resin, guaiaretic and guaiacolic acids; it is anti-inflammatory, laxative and stimulatory, and has been used to treat arthritis and gout; its products have been commercialised in mainstream medicine in the guaiac test for occult bleeding of the large intestine, which is often a sign of colorectal cancer.
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Lignum vitae has a number of properties that make it unusual.
The lignum vitae, which bears Jamaica's national flower, is considered one of the most useful trees in the world.
And many Australian dryland wattles appear to be harder than the hardest recorded timber: a species called Lignum vitae.
Later, balls were made from lignum vitae (a hardwood).
After the Chachi House, wander past mesquite trees, huge stands of bold red lobster claw heliconia, endangered lignum vitae trees (whose unsinkable wood is the only wood in the world sold by the pound), mass plantings of gingers of all colors, shaving brush trees and more palms, including the Hyphaene, whose fruit smells like gingerbread.
They are a fine bowl, and are available in Lignum Vitae as well as modern composite materials.
Between 1989 and 1994, north coast fishermen Nelson Torna and Pedro Guerra salvaged approximately 195 well-preserved wooden artefacts, mostly of lignum vitae, from recently disturbed marine sediments near their village of Punta Alegre, in Ciego de Avila, Cuba.
The central section of this chapter deals with the Franciscan school, focusing particularly on the authentic Bonaventuran Lignum vitae and Vitis mystica, as well as the Meditationes vitae Christi; further sections deal with fourteenth- and fifteenth-century works (in the former, particularly the Vita Christi of Ludolph of Saxony), with Latin devotional poetry, and with vernacular meditations on the Passion.
When those first ships hove over the horizon, San Salvador, a small cay (pronounced key), was lush with groves of mahogany, lignum vitae, and redcedar.