Ipe

Also known as: Ironwood, Lapacho, Pau d’Arco, Surinam Greenheart

Botanical Name: Tabebuia serratifolia

Origin: Central and South America

Description: Correctly pronounced “eepay” this species is occasionally referred to as Green Ebony which is misleading. Basic colour is a medium to dark olive-brown with a slight greenish tinge incorporating both lighter and darker streaks. It is close-grained and fairly lustrous with a slightly oily look. This hard, heavy wood is sometimes specified for high grade flooring and the veneer is a fine choice for special furniture and interior work where a rich, dark surface is desired.

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