Guaiacum sanctum
Lignum Vitae

Family: Zygophyllacae

Form: A small tropical evergreen tree, usually with a twisted type trunk, reaching 25-30 ft tall, though usually smaller

Leaves: Small, pinnately compound, each leaflet about 1.5 inch long, opposite, elliptic, acute apex

Stem/Bark: Grayish white in color, smooth in appearance, often grows in a twisted or gnarled form

Flower: Bluish purple, sometimes with a whitish ting. Grows in clusters, 5 petals, regular form, multi-staminate

Fruit: Orange, round in shape with ribs that dehisce to expose reddish seeds, 4 to a pod

Comments: This native tree is considered an endangered species and is protected