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About Teak in Thailand

By implementing effective planting and nurturing methods for our forests, Thailand could soon see the flourishing growth of teak forests. With careful attention and dedication, our teak could become top-notch quality and be exported with pride. No longer will disease be a hindrance, but instead, fruitful forests will provide ample opportunity for sustainable income and natural beauty.

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Benefits of Teak

Teak, commonly known as ” Tekgu ” is an important economic wood in Thailand since ancient times
There are very few remaining natural teak trees in Thailand, and its good quality is strictly controlled by government agencies.

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Characteristics of Teak leaves

Behold the majestic teak tree, whose leaves break off in pairs along the branches or trunk when it is still a seedling. As it matures, the leaves grow up to a whopping 40 centimeters wide and 80 centimeters long, bearing a unique shape that bulges in the middle and tapers at the ends. The surface is covered by tiny hairs, while the underside stands out in light green with raised veins. Notably, freshly broken leaves emit a reddish-brown soft fur and crush them, and they might as well look like red blood. So the teak leaf is more than just a leaf; it’s a fascinating work of nature.

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Characteristics of Teak flowers

With the arrival of summer, the lush greenery comes to life, including the rapid growth of delicate young leaves. By July, the plants mature and the charming inflorescences begin to gradually open up, a stirring sight for any nature enthusiast. The much-anticipated blooming period of the Sak flowers comes around in September, and a stunning bouquet of these natural wonders measures around 40-60 centimeters in length. Get ready to behold the beauty of the inflorescences, comprising of hundreds or even thousands of small white or white-purple flowers. The sheer elegance of these blooms will leave you mesmerized, and each bouquet is a true masterpiece of nature’s splendor.

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Characteristics of Teak fruits

The teak flower goes through an incredible transformation after being pollinated. In just 50 days, it matures into a small fruit that changes color and shape as it grows. By January, mature or dry teak fruit will fall to the ground, and wait for the first rainstorms of mid-April to rejuvenate. This is when the fruit expands and becomes round, covered in a thin brown blister-like shell, with a solid appearance and brown hair. Inside, there are two tough and elastic layers that encase a hollow core, much like the coconut shell. It isn’t until the rainy season arrives that these fruits or seeds break out and continue to grow into beautiful, precious seedlings.

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Characteristics of Teak trunks

1.1 With a towering height of up to 50 meters, the world’s largest teak tree stands tall in Nam Pat District, Uttaradit Province. This magnificent perennial has been growing for over a thousand years, with a trunk boasting a circumference of up to 9.30 meters (that’s around 3 meters in diameter!). Teak trees may be a common sight, but none come close to the splendor of this ancient marvel of nature.

1.2 The majestic Sak tree stands tall and proud, with a straight and branchless trunk stretching towards the sky. Near the top, a broad and round bush bursts with lush foliage. The grayish brown stem boasts shallow grooves on the bark, adding texture and character to its exterior. Cutting into the trunk reveals layers of brown and light green inner bark and thick, white sapwood. The golden brown wood bears the telltale marks of each year’s growth, neatly arranged in concentric circles. With a simple glance, one can easily decipher the age of this magnificent tree, as it proudly displays its stripes of wisdom.

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General characteristics of Teak

Step into the lush tropical forests where the magnificent Tectona grandis (aka Teak) resides. Belonging to the prestigious Verbenaceae family, this deciduous forest giant was first named by none other than the renowned botanist Linnaeus F., son of Linnaeus. Get ready to be enchanted by the wonders of nature with this world-famous beauty.