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Tabebuia serratifolia


Yellow Lapacho is a tree native to forests throughout Central and South America. This plant is grows up in the Cerrado vegetation of Brazil, reaching up to Bolivia, Paraguay and Northen Argentina. It is one of the largest and strongest of tropical forest trees, growing up to 150 feet tall while the base can be 4 to 7 feet 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 "ipe" (the entire genus Tabebuia) or 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 a treatment for fungal infections.

See also

List of plants of Cerrado vegetation of Brazil

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