• Family:
  • Verbenaceae
  • Cientific Name:

  • Tectona Grandis

  • Common Name:

  • Teak

  • Origin:

  • India, Burma, Thailand, Java and Indonesia

  • Teak is one of the most important species for forest plantations in tropical areas of the world, its use has increased due to its easy establishment, good initial growth and wood quality.

Tree Physiognomy

  • Tree:
  • Reaches 50 meters high, with large deep roots and strong lateral roots.
  • Trunk:

  • Straight, especially when young. With a tendency to fork or branch excessively, if it grows isolated.

  • Bark:

  • The outer bark is reddish, rough, cracked and scaly; the inner bark is bleached.

  • Cup:

  • Narrow as a youngling and becomes increasingly broader and thicker as an adult.

  Characteristics and properties of         wood:

  • Freshly cut, the heartwood is golden-brown in color, when it is dry it usually shows dark bands that sometimes fade away with time. The sapwood is yellowish and abruptly separated from the heartwood. Accentuated veining, medium brightness and fine and uniform texture.

  • Natural durability:

  • 10 to 15 years.
  • Wood handling:

  • Easy to work and has no difficulties with the sawing process. Resistant and elastic, it does not twist or crack, and acquires good polish with fine and uniform texture.

  • Drying process:

  • Easy drying wood. In case of artificial drying requires careful and gentle drying.

  • Main uses:

  • Floors, carpentry, railway cars, boats, door and window frames, turnery, furniture, panels, tanks, tubs, bathtubs, kitchens and exterior and interior construction.

Physical and mechanical properties