Teak is the common name for the tropical hardwood tree Tectona grandis and its wood products. Tectona grandis is native to south and southeast Asia and grows in many countries. It has been introduced to Africa and the Caribbean. Burma produces nearly one third of the world's total teak.
The word teak comes from the Malayalam word theka or tekka. This tree is mentioned in the seventh-century literature of the Tamil language known as the Tevaram.
Tectona grandis is a large deciduous tree that is dominant in mixed hardwood forests. It has small, fragrant white flowers and papery leaves that are often hairy on the lower surface.
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