Species: * Tectona hamiltoniana *
Photographed in July 2007
Site: Kolkata Botanical Garden, Shibpur
Tree ID: Identified and labeled by Bot Garden Botanists
Both of these trees are planted in Bengal and rest of the NE India
as garden and Avenue trees in Urban landscapes..
This Tectona has a distinctly different Bark habit than the T.
T. Hamiltoniana bark is brownish grey and peels of in roundish patches
revealing a pale grey patch, which
darkens as it ages…
it also flowers earlier (April and May) than
T. Grandis ( July and August) ,
and T. Hamiltoniana leaves are only a 7-8 inches long..
T. Grandis is used for red and yellow dyes (leaves) and
Wood for medicinal purposes for heachache
and inflammatory conditions,
besides being used for railway treks and furniture making…
Much has been written about Tectona Grandis…
and large plantations exist in India, Burma, Indonesia and around the world…
Not much writings about about T. Hamiltoniana,
although its wood is described
as being heavier, better shine taker when used in cabinetry,
Yet neglected , as far back as 1978 it was
part of list of “Species Undergoing
Genetic Impoverishment” …
Dont know if things have changed!!!