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Botanical Name: Tabebuia serratifolia. Family: Bignoniaceae
Common Name: Ipe, Lapacho, Guayacan, Cortez,
Tabebuia, Bastard lignum vitae
The Tree: The tree is described as medium-sized,
attaining a height of 65 to 85 feet (20 to 25 m), with a trunk diameter
of about 30 inches (75 cm). Boles are straight to somewhat slanted,
and are often clear of branches to about two-thirds the total height
of the tree.
The Wood: Sapwood is yellowish white or whitish
Natural Durability: The heartwood is reported
to be very resistant to decay and attack by termites. It is rated
as resistant to attack by dry wood insects but susceptible to marine
borer attack. Holds up well in tropical conditions as well as winter
freezes. Makes excellent decking.
Uses: Quality furniture and decorative veneers, and because of its strength and durability it is used in boardwalks, tool handles, turnery, industrial flooring, truck beds and textile mill items. Ipe was recently used on the Miami Beach board walk to cover over some very degraded pressure treated pine.
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