Haematoxylum campechianum

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Logwood
Haematoxylon campechianum0.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Fabales
Family:Fabaceae
Genus:Haematoxylum
Species:H. campechianum
Binomial name
Haematoxylum campechianum
L.
 
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Logwood redirects here. It may also refer to members of the genus Xylosma, which is part of the willow family, Salicaceae.
Logwood
Haematoxylon campechianum0.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Fabales
Family:Fabaceae
Genus:Haematoxylum
Species:H. campechianum
Binomial name
Haematoxylum campechianum
L.

Haematoxylum campechianum (Logwood) is a species of flowering tree in the legume family, Fabaceae, that is native to southern Mexico and northern Central America.[1] The tree was of great economic importance from the 17th century to the 19th century, when it was commonly logged and exported to Europe for use in dyeing fabrics.[2] The modern nation of Belize grew from 17th century English logwood logging camps. The tree's scientific name means "bloodwood" (haima being Greek for blood and xylon for wood).

Uses[edit]

Logwood was used for a long time as a natural source of dye, and still remains an important source of haematoxylin, which is used in histology for staining. The bark and leaves are also used in various medical applications. In its time, logwood was considered a versatile dye, and was widely used on textiles but also for paper.[3] The dye's colour depends on the mordant used as well as the pH. It is reddish in acidic environments but bluish in alkaline ones.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Haematoxylum campechianum". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  2. ^ Hofenk de Graff, Judith H. (2004). The Colourful Past: Origins, Chemistry and Identification of Natural Dyestuffs. London: Archetype Books. p. 235. ISBN 1873132131. 
  3. ^ a b Hammeke, Erin (2004). "Logwood Dye on Paper". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 

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