Harvested for use since the early nineteenth century by the British,
particularly for shipbuilding and fine furniture, this species is
still regarded in Europe as a timber for quality furniture.
As a result of its early use, many of the largest teak trees have
disappeared from the wild. Where space allows, it makes a fine
specimen tree and will grow up to about 80 ft (24 m); its large,
rounded leaves grow to 24 in (60 cm) long and have wavy edges and
prominent veins. In summer, the bluish white flowers are borne in
large, upright, misty clusters up to 15 in (38 cm) across.
The fruit are fleshy, plum-like berries.
Flowering colors: Blue, White
Cultivation: These trees require high rainfall, heat, humidity and
deep, rich soil to make good growth.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.
Medical use: Wood powder paste used against Bllious headaches and
swellings and internally against dermatitis or as a vermifuge.
Charred wood soaked in poppy juice and made into a paste was used to
relieve the swelling of eyelids.Bark has been used as an astringent
and the wood oil as a hair tonic. Decoction of fresh and dried
leaves for menstrual disorders, for hemorrhages, taken as gargle for
sore throat. Flowers and seeds are dieuretic. Oil of the nut for
making the hair grow and soothes itches of the skin. Counters