Teak (Tectona Grandis)
The name Tectona is said to be derived from the Greek 'texton' meaning a carpenter. Teak is indigenous to India, Myanmar and eastward to Java. Myanmar is the home of the highest quality of teak timber. In India, teak of good quality is produced in North Karnataka and the central Indian forest. This is a deciduous tree attaining a very large size. In young seedlings, the leaves are much large, sometimes as large as that of small umbrella.
Tectona is the most important timber tree of India and is used for ship building, furniture, doors and windows. Its timber stands in a class by itself and has worldwide reputation. Teak is justly famous for its durability. It is immune to termites if seasoned and treated properly.