- Volume 29 No. 1 - Philippine Teak (Tectona philippinensis Benth. & Hook. f.)
Philippine Teak (Tectona philippinensis) is an endemic species of the Philippines. This species is very important as it is one of the only three species that belongs to the genus Tectona which includes the commercial teak (Tectona grandis) and the molave (Vitex parviflora). The species belongs to the family Verbenaceae.
Due to the rapid decline in population, the species has been declared by the IUCN as critically endangered. With the current species status, there must be urgent conservation efforts to save the species from extinction. Moreover, because of the various important potential uses of the species, further researches on the propagation and plantation establishment of the species are encouraged in order to conduct massive seedling production for successful plantation establishment, protection and maintenance of the species.
The information herein can serve as a guide for the students, researchers, nursery operators, plantation managers and the public who have keen interest to help and save our very own Phillippine Teak from extinction.