Tipuana tipu, Machaerium tipu, Tipuana speciosa,
Pride of Bolivia, Rosewood, Tipu Tree,
Hebrew: מכנף נאה, Arabic: بليسندر جميله

Scientific name:  Tipuana tipu (Benth.) Kuntze
Synonym name:  Machaerium tipu Benth., Tipuana speciosa Benth.
Common name:  Pride of Bolivia, Rosewood, Tipu Tree
Hebrew name:  מכנף נאה
Arabic name:  بليسندر جميله
Family:  Fabaceae, Pea family, משפחה קטניות

Tipuana tipu, Machaerium tipu, Tipuana speciosa, Pride of Bolivia, Rosewood, Tipu Tree, Hebrew: מכנף נאה

Life form:  Deciduous tree, ornamental
Stems:  14m high 22m diameter; reddish-brown fissured bark
Leaves:  Pinnated leaves, leaflets 3-5cm long by 1.2-2cm wide, buttock-shaped tips
Inflorescence:  Loosely branched terminal panicles
Flowers:  Corolla yellow, 20 mm in diameter, petals 5, the standard is 15-18 mm long, calyx 8-9 mm, with short triangular teeth
Fruits / pods:  Broad-winged pods
Flowering Period:  May, June
Habitat:  Disturbed land
Distribution:  Throuhout the country
Chorotype:  South America, Southern South America: Argentina, Western South America: Bolivia
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Tipuana tipu, Machaerium tipu, Tipuana speciosa, Pride of Bolivia, Rosewood, Tipu Tree, Hebrew: מכנף נאה


Derivation of the botanical name:
Tipuana, named after the Tipuana valley in Paraná (Brazil) where the best gold was found.
tipu, from a vernacular name for this tree in Southern Brazil.
  • The standard author abbreviation Benth. is used to indicate George Bentham (1800 – 1884) ,an English botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Kuntze is used to indicate Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze (1843 – 1907), a German botanist.
In Israel, it's use as an ornamental tree began in the 1970s and 80s, when it was often planted as a shade tree for boulevards, gardens and groves throuhout the country.


Tipuana tipu, Machaerium tipu, Tipuana speciosa, Pride of Bolivia, Rosewood, Tipu Tree, Hebrew: מכנף נאה