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Tabebuia impetiginosa
plant overview
restorative rainforest evergreen

Pau d'Arco is a large South American rainforest tree that is also known as trumpet tree, lapacho Colorado, ipe roxo and various other common names. The tree is enjoyed in the wild because it produces attractive shade-giving foliage and colorful flowers, but in commercial cultivation it is grown for the purpose of harvesting the bark. The inner pith contains organic compounds, most notably lapachol and beta-lapachone. Because these compounds do not yield easily to water, the bark must be simmered in boiling water for at least 15 minutes to extract them. Powdered pau d'Arco is usually encapsulated as a dietary supplement.

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information on pau d'arco

Tabebuia impetiginosa, a tree of the Bignoniaceae family, is a rather large deciduous tree, with trunks sometimes reaching 8 dm width and 30 m height. Usually a third of that height is trunk, and two thirds are its longer branches. It has a large, globous, but often sparse canopy. The tree has a slow growth rate.

Its bark is brownish grey, tough and hard to peel. The wood is of a pleasant yellowish color, barely knotted and very tough and heavy.

Leaves are opposite and petiolate, 2 to 3 inches long, elliptic and lanceolate, with lightly serrated margins and pinnate venation. The leaves are palmately compound with usually 5 leaflets.

It flowers between July and September, before the new leaves appear. In India, the flowering season is December to January, after the leaves are shed. The flower is large, tubular shaped, its corolla is often pink or magenta, though exceptionally seen white, about 2 inches long. There are 4 stamens and a staminode.

The fruit consists of a narrow dehiscent capsule containing several winged seeds.

common names & nomenclature
Tabebuia is an abbreviation of tacyba bebuya, a Tupi name meaning "ant wood". The common name pau d’arco is from the Portuguese pau-d’arco, literally “bow wood”.

Also known as:
pau d’arco, ipe roxo, pink ipê, pink lapacho, ipê-cavatã, ipê-comum, ipê-reto, ipê-rosa, ipê-roxo-damata, lapacho negro, pau d'arco-roxo, peúva, piúva, trumpet bush, trumpet tree

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations on growing and harvesting pau d'arco

Tabebuia impetiginosa is naturally found growing in the wild of central to South American forests. Also grown in cultivation and as a street tree in some regions.

Prefers a rich, fertile, moist tropical forest soil.

Carefully remove the seeds from their papery covering. Do not break them--once they break they are no longer viable. Place the seed flat on the surface of the soil, cover with about 1/4 inch of soil, and tamp. Keep very warm and evenly moist. Germination is usually in 2 weeks, quicker with bottom heat, longer with insufficient heat. Transplant to larger pots when large enough, grow on for a season and then plant outdoors. This plant may also be propagated by cuttings.

Pau d’arco bark is harvested all year, and then it’s dried and cut for later use. The most potent part of the tree is the inner bark, which must be aged after harvesting to maximize its effectiveness.

Store dried bark in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story

pau d'arco history, folklore, literature & more

Pau d'arco—It’s Time You Heard About Pau d’Arco
Pau d'arco is an herb that most Brazilians and other South Americans are very familiar with, but you may not feel the same. It’s been used in that area of the world for thousands of years to treat just about every problem you can imagine.

If you suffered from malaria, anemia, syphilis, or cancer pau d'arco was the answer. And if you had less serious problems such as fever, a cold, or a cough pau d'arco could come to the rescue there as well. It was also used to treat all manner of skin infections such as impetigo, boils, fungal infections, and snakebites.

Today, pau d'arco is still a great herbal remedy for these issues. It’s been shown in research to be an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, and antiviral substance. It also has antimalarial and anticoagulant properties. As you can imagine, it can be used to treat a huge variety of ailments and help restore you to good health.

There are several ways you can use pau d'arco. If you’re suffering from a skin ailment, pau d'arco can be used in an ointment that’s applied directly to the skin. This will help to treat problems such as insect bites, psoriasis, eczema, and even athlete’s foot. You can also use it to treat snakebites.

As a tincture, it can be added to water and used to treat internal problems such as cancer, circulatory problems, fever, colds, and dysentery. You can also use it as a treatment for syphilis, diabetes, and liver disease. Some people have even had success using it to fight Parkinson’s disease and leukemia. Studies show that it can work to fight tumors, especially when combined with Western techniques of chemotherapy and radiation.

You can use a decoction of it to treat yeast infections. Its powerful antifungal properties will help restore the natural balance in the body and kill off excess yeast leaving you more comfortable.

You shouldn’t take pau d'arco if you’re pregnant or taking medications such as blood thinners. It’s best to talk with your healthcare provider before beginning a program of pau d'arco because it’s so powerful.

If you’re looking for an all-purpose treatment that you can use to handle health problems from A to Z, pau d'arco may be one of the best herbs you can keep on hand. Take a cue from the South American people who have been enjoying its success for thousands of years and make pau d'arco part of your regimen.

Where in the World

habitat and range for pau d'arco

Tabebuia impetiginosa is a native tree of America, distributed from northern Mexico south to northern Argentina. It is a common tree in Argentina's northeastern region, as well as in southeastern Bolivia. It is said to be indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago.

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