Ipe

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.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: 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.

 

Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no

 

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

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