Wood description

The heartwood of Ipé has a greenish brown colour and a very fine stripy pattern. A yellow/green content can be seen in the vessels (Lapachol). The sapwood is easy to dinstinguish. The grain is straight, sometimes irregular or interlocked. The texture is fine.


Name                                                  : Ipé


Scientific name                              : Tabebuia serratifolia


Family                                                 : Bignoniaceae


Origin                                                  : Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru


Other names                                    : Ironwood, Groenhart, Lapacho negro, Wassiba


Natural Durability                          : Class 1 with very good resistance to termites


Density (12%)                                  : 1100 kg/m³


Bending strength (12%)               : 166 N/mm²


Shrinkage (%)                                  : rad. 2,3%, tang. 3,2%


Drying                                                 : slow drying recommended, risk of distortion


Working                                             : moderately difficult; power required


Finishing                                            : good


Uses                                                     : industrial and parquet flooring, cabinets, sleepers, stairs,                                                                    furniture, naval construction, hydraulic works, interior and                                                                  exterior joinery.