Tabebuia serratifolia

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Tabebuia serratifolia
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Bignoniaceae
Genus: Tabebuia
Species: T. serratifolia
Binomial name
Tabebuia serratifolia
(Vahl) Nichols.

Bignonia serratifolia Vahl
Tecoma serratifolia (Vahl) G.Don

Tabebuia serratifolia, is a species of plant commonly known as yellow lapacho, pau d'arco , yellow poui, yellow ipe, pau d'arco amarelo, or ipê-amarelo.[1]


It is a tree native to forests throughout Central and South America. This plant grows in the Cerrado vegetation of Brazil, reaching up to French Guiana, Bolivia, Paraguay and Northern Argentina.

It is one of the largest and strongest of tropical forest trees, growing up to 150 feet (46 m) tall while the base can be 4–7 feet (1.2–2.1 m) in diameter.


It is a commercially farmed hardwood notable for its extreme hardness and resistance to fire and pests. It is sometimes traded as an "ironwood", or just as "ipê" (the entire genus Tabebuia), or as lapacho (properly Tabebuia serratifolia)


The bark of Tabebuia serratifolia contains more than 20 active compounds including lapachol, quercetin and other flavonoids. Its inner bark is used as an herbal tea, for treatment of fungal infections.

See also[edit]


  • Guide de reconnaissance des arbres de Guyane

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