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TEAK

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STANDARD NAME

TEAK

(Medium Hardwood) 

Family

Verbenaceae 

BOTANICAL NAME

Tectona grandis 

DISTRIBUTION

Widely planted in plantation forest of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is yellowish white or pale yellow-brown and is distinct from the heartwood, which is dull yellowish when fresh turning to golden brown or dark greyish brown on exposure, often with greyish or dark coloured streaks. The wood has a very pervasive odour when fresh.

Grain is straight, wavy and slightly interlocked.

Texture is rather coarse and uneven.

Growth rings are distinct.

Vessels are very variable in size (wood is ring-porous), partially or wholly occluded with tyloses and occasionally with white deposits; the smaller vessels are sometimes filled with yellowish or reddish-brown gum deposits.

Wood parenchyma is present; apotracheal extremely sparse, restricted to occasional diffuse strands of four to eight cells, paratracheal in thin vasicentric sheath. Vitreous silica is present in some vessels and parenchyma.

Rays are moderately fine, distinct to the naked eye.

Ripple marks are absent. 

 

USES

Very good general-purpose timber, ship decking and boat building, water-contact construction, interior and exterior joinery, high quality furniture, decorative veneer and plywood, and musical instrument. 

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