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Tabebuia serratifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Bignoniaceae
Genus: Tabebuia
Species: T. serratifolia
Binomial name
Tabebuia serratifolia
(Vahl) Nichols.

Bignonia serratifolia Vahl
Tecoma serratifolia (Vahl) G.Don

Yellow Lapacho (Tabebuia serratifolia[1], also known as Yellow Poui or ipê-roxo) 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 "ipê" (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.


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Up to date as of January 23, 2010

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Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Bignoniaceae
Tribus: Tecomeae
Genus: Tabebuia
Species: Tabebuia serratifolia


Tabebuia serratifolia (Vahl) G.Nicholson

Vernacular names

Español: Lapacho Amarillo


  • Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening, a Practical and Scientific Encyclopaedia of Horticulture for Gardeners and Botanists. Edited by George Nicholson. London 4:1. 1887
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]

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