Tectona grandis – Teca

Tectona grandis – Teca

It is a tree with a straight stem, with rough and fissured bark 1.2 mm thick, light brown in color that defoliates into large, thin plates. It has a long, thick taproot that may persist or disappear, but forms numerous strong lateral roots.

It is quite demanding in light and requires well-drained, fertile and deep soils for its development.

Widely planted in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa and America, in pure plantations and also in agroforestry combinations.

General wood description

Unpleasant odor, with a characteristic oily fragrance when freshly cut and accentuated when moistened or heated.

When the wood is freshly cut, the heartwood is olive-green in color, but turns a golden-brown color when dry. The sapwood is yellowish to white in color and abruptly separated from the heartwood.

Its texture is an accentuated grain, produced by the growth rings.

Medium luster.

It has good durability, with a duration in outdoor use of 10 to 15 years.

The heartwood is resistant to attack by drywood termites. It is also moderately resistant to subterranean termites and very durable in the soil.

It has natural oils, these oils make it resistant to termites and fungi.

Teak heartwood is difficult to treat with preservatives, while sapwood responds best to treatment.

Common names

España: Teca.

Colombia: Teca.

Portugal: Teca.

Francia: Teck.

Inglaterra: Teak Genuine.

Estados Unidos: Teak

Germany: Java Teak.

Myanmar: Kyun.

Brazil: Teca

Indonesia: Jati, Deleg Y Kulidawa

Laos y Tailandia: Sak Y Mai-Sak

Referenced uses


  • Heavy construction subjected to the elements
  • Transmission line poles
  • Pillings
  • Rail Cars
  • Crossties

Naval Construction

  • Aircraft
  • Ships
  • Other large vessels

Furniture and Cabinets

  • Luxury furniture

General Housing

  • Door and window frames
  • Large stakes
  • House framing
  • Parquet
  • Furniture
  • Floors


  • Tanks
  • Tubs
  • Bathtubs
  • Kitchens
  • Laboratory and chemical plant benches


  • Musical instruments

Plywood and Veneer

  • Decorative Veneer

300 metros al norte de la plaza de deportes,
Los Angeles de la Fortuna,
Provincia de Alajuela,
San Carlos, Costa Rica.
CP 21007