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.