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Ipé

Ipé

Durability:
Very durable
Strength class:
D60
Applications:

Ipe wood is well known for a wide spread of uses: Interior: e.g. hardwood flooring, parquet and stairs Exterior: e.g. cladding, decking and waterworks

Mass volume:
Fresh 1200-1300 kg/m3
Colour:
Greenish brown and yellow
Details:
The heartwood of Ipé has a greenish brown colour and a very fine stripy pattern. A yellow/green content can be seen in the vessels (Lapachol). The sapwood is easy to dinstinguish. The grain is straight, sometimes irregular or interlocked. The texture is fine.
Grain:
Straight, with some irregularities
Texture:
Fine
Drying:
Drying goes slowly with less defects.
Hardness:
13700-16700 N Janka
Machining:
Machining goes well, despite the high density and hardness of Ipe wood. A smooth result can be reached. Gluing is reported to be good.
Screwing/nailing:
Pre-drilling is recommended.
Finishing surface:
Good
Botanical name:
Tabebuia serratifolia
Origin area:
Tropical Middle and South America
Other names:
Bethabara, guyacan, madera negra (Ecuador), ebène vert, ebène jaune (French Guyana), whalebone greenheart (Guyana), amapa (Mexico), guayacan (Panama), lapacho negro, guayacan (Paraguay, Argentina), tahuari (Peru), groenhart (Surinam).
Remarks:
FSC Ipe is available in the Amazon region of Brazil. The large trees reach up to 40 m with diameters of about 100 cm. The sapwood is a few cm wide. Ipé contains Lapachol, which is used for medical applications.
Family:
Bignoniaceae