Tabebuia is the name given to a collection of tropical trees in the Bignoniaceae family. They spread throughout the tropics, from Mexico and southern Florida in the north to Argentina in the South, including the Caribbean islands.
Their well known names include Ipe, Poui, trumpet trees and Pau d'arco. These trees may grow from five to fifty metres tall.
Although they are conspicuous for their ornamental beauty, they also well known for their timber. Ipe wood, as it is called, is very popular on the American continent. In some countries, the bark of some tree trunks is used in tea drinking for medicinal purposes.