CCC’s Herbarium: Lapacho (Tabebuia impestiginosa)

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Lapacho Tree: An Explosion of Color in Nature

In the tropical regions of Latin America, a tree that immediately captures attention with its stunning beauty is the Lapacho (Tabebuia impetiginosa). Also known as Pau d’Arco, this tree stands out for its spectacular flowers and ecological value.

In this article, we will explore in detail the Tabebuia impetiginosa tree, revealing its grandeur and fascinating characteristics.

A Natural Work of Art

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The Lapacho tree is a true spectacle for the eyes, capable of capturing the admiration of anyone who observes it. With its elegant shape and straight trunk, it soars majestically to impressive heights ranging from 5 to 30 meters.

Its compound leaves, of an intense green color, offer a splendid background to enhance its main feature: the flowers. These magnificent and vibrant flowers turn the Lapacho tree into a living work of art. Their range of colors spans from soft pink to intense purple and even yellow, creating a unique chromatic display.

This explosion of colors, along with the profusion of flowers concentrated on its branches, gives the tree an aura of enchanting beauty.

Breathtaking Blossoming

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What makes the Tabebuia impetiginosa tree so captivating is its spectacular blossoming. 

During spring or summer, the tree becomes covered with trumpet-shaped flowers, known for their intense shades of pink, purple, or even yellow. These flowers cluster together at the tips, creating a panorama of vibrant colors that contrast with the lush green of its leaves. 

The visual effect is simply breathtaking and attracts pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

Therapeutic Properties

This tree also holds therapeutic value. The inner bark of the tree, known as Pau d’Arco, is used in traditional medicine for its alleged antifungal, antibacterial, and antitumor properties. 

Although the scientific community is still studying and evaluating these properties, the traditional use of the bark has ancient roots and a long history in folk medicine.

Habitat and Conservation

The Tabebuia impetiginosa tree plays an important role in the ecosystem of tropical forests. Besides attracting pollinators, it provides shelter and food for many organisms. Moreover, its presence contributes to the conservation of biodiversity and the health of forest ecosystems.

The Lapacho tree is native to the tropical regions of Latin America, such as Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia. It prefers moist forested areas and is often found near watercourses. Thanks to its adaptability, it has been introduced to many other parts of the world, bringing its beauty to many other regions.

Additionally, the Lapacho tree is among the flora species preserved by the REDD+ project for the conservation of native forests, Selva de Urundel. 

Selva de Urundel Project

Find out more about the first native forest conservation project (REDD+) in Argentina developed by Carbon Credits Consulting

Since 2021, this project has proposed a new model of sustainable forest management, aiming to improve the living conditions of local populations while ensuring forest protection and the proper absorption of CO₂ by the forest.

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