Common names: Tabebuia avellanedae, Pink lapacho, T. impetiginosa, Ipe Roxo, Taheboo tree
It is a deciduous and an evergreen tree which grows up to a height of 50 ft (45 m) and 10 ft (3 m) in diameter.
The leaves are broad and fowers are large and tubular shaped. The flowers are 2-3 inch long lavender-pink flowers with yellow centers. There are 4 stamens and a staminode. They appear in clusters in early spring and cover the bare branches.
The fruit consists of a narrow dehiscent capsule containing several winged seeds.
The bark is brownish grey, tough and hard to peel. Wood is of a pleasant yellowish colour, barely knoted and very tough and heavy.
The flowers come from July to September, before the new leaves appear.
The plant is generally known for their tolerance to coastal conditions but this plant prefers a warm sunny site away from the beach.
The inner bark of the plant is very useful.
It has anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
It is scraped and tea is brewed from it. The tea is known for its cool and bitter flavour, and is used to cure malaria, fever, arthritis, skin problems, and syphilis.
Its extremely hard wood makes it resistant to disease and decay and makes fine furniture. It is rich in tannins.
The flowers are beautiful which are used in landscaping and decoration.
Location at the lake:
Near the coconut grove side