Lapacho group

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Lapacho (here the species Handroanthus impetiginosus ) in the San Rafael jungle reserve in Paraguay

Lapacho (Portuguese: Ipê-roxo , Pau d'arco ) is the colloquial name for several tree species that can be found in Central and South America and can reach heights of up to 35 meters. a. Handroanthus impetiginosus ( Syn. Tabebuia impetiginosa ), Handroanthus heptaphyllus and Handroanthus serratifolius . Lapacho trees are deciduous and have numerous pink, yellow, or white bell-shaped flowers during the flowering period (in South America from May to August).

Some indigenous peoples in America call the Lapacho the tree of life .


The Lapacho has a hard and heavy wood of high quality. In addition, the inner bark ( bast layer ) is suitable for the preparation of a tea: The watery extracts of the bark were already used by the Incas , and later the indigenous people of Peru , Bolivia and Paraguay adopted the lapacho infusion as a medicinal and enjoyable tea. In addition to potassium , calcium and iron , lapacho tea also contains trace elements such as barium , strontium , iodine and boron , but no caffeine . Active substances in lapacho tea are primarily the antibiotic naphthoquinone compounds lapachol and lapachone, which have a digestive stimulating and tonic effect. Studies in connection with a suspected effectiveness against cancer could not confirm this and warn of negative side effects.

The taste of the tea is earthy with a slightly sweet note of vanilla.

Web links

Commons : Handroanthus albus  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Handroanthus heptaphyllus  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Handroanthus impetiginosus  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Handroanthus serratifolius  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. R&D Chemicals data sheet Lapochol
  2. The Harmful Side Effects of Lapacho (English)
  3. Pau d'arco (English)