Ipe (Handroanthus spp. (formerly placed in the Tabebuia genus))


Common Names: Ipe, Brazilian Walnut, Lapacho


Distribution: Tropical Americas (Central and South America); also farmed commercially


Color/Appearance: Heartwood can vary in color from reddish brown to a more yellowish olive brown or darker blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes


Janka Hardness: 3,510 lbf


Density: 5.75 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 5.9%

Tangential (width): 7.2%,

Volumetric (total): 12.4%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.2


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Ipe has been reported to cause skin, eye and respiratory irritation, as well as other effects such as headaches, asthma-like symptoms, and/or disturbance of vision.


Sustainability (listing):

CITES: YES 1 Appendix II

IUCN:  YES 1; Near Threatened


Common Uses: Flooring, decking, exterior lumber, veneer, tool handles and other turned objects.


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