Common Name : Teak
Scientific Name: Tectona grandis
Description: This tree is perhaps best known for its use in shipbuilding and as a choice wood for fine furniture. It has been heavily harvested for this purpose since the early 19th century by the British. Because of this demand, many of the largest teak trees have already been cut down in the wild. Large specimens grow seventy to eighty feet high and the zoo's tree is well on its way. The large flower clusters seen in the photograph typically bloom in the summer and are more than a foot across.
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