The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
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The National Tree
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http://www.wetings.com/home.htm on 11 Nov 2003
Lignum Vitae Flowers Lignum Vitae Tree via www.bio.miami.edu
The Lignum vitae, which means tree of life, belongs to the genus Guaicum (caltrop family or Zygophyllaceae).
The extremely hard and heavy self-lubricating wood is especially adapted for bearings or bushings of propeller shafts on steamships, and also serves for bearings in steel mills, for bowling balls, and pulleys. For many years, dating back to World War II, shipments of the wood were made from The Bahamas to the United Kingdom and the United States by the old New Providence firm of Duncombe and Butler. The wood is used for timber in boat building (e.g. in Andros); the bark and roots are used for medicine - many Bahamians throughout the islands steep the bark and drink it as a tonic for creating energy as an aphrodisiac. The branches are used as feed for live stock. A few years ago, when the pope visited The Bahamas, he was presented with a fashionable staff, made from the Lignum Vitae wood.
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