Handroanthus serratifolius

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Handroanthus serratifolius
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Bignoniaceae
Genus: Handroanthus
Species: H. serratifolius
Binomial name
Handroanthus serratifolius
(Vahl) S.O. Grose

Bignonia serratifolia Vahl
Tecoma serratifolia (Vahl) G. Don
Tabebuia serratifolia (Vahl) G. Nicholson

H. serratifolius, Brazil
Splitting seedpods

Handroanthus serratifolius, is a species of tree, commonly known as yellow lapacho, pau d'arco , yellow poui, yellow ipe, pau d'arco amarelo, or ipê-amarelo.[1][2]


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 Handroanthus serratifolius)


The bark of Handroanthus serratifolius contains more than 20 active compounds including lapachol, quercetin and other flavonoids.

See also[edit]


  • Guide de reconnaissance des arbres de Guyane

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