Vesi (Fiji) Pacific Teak (English)

Intsia bejuga (Fabaceae)

Characteristics

Big tree, up to 50 m tall, with a highly buttressed trunk. Compound leaves. Inhabits mangrove forests. The tree’s timber is a very durable and termite-resistant wood, making it a highly valued material. The wood can also be used to extract a dye.

Distribution

Native to the Indo-Pacific. Today, it ranges from Tanzania and Madagascar through India and Australia to the Pacific Islands of Fiji and Samoa.

Natural Medical Properties

The bark is used in treating persons suffering from a urinary condition (characterised by very dark urine).
It is also used in the treatment of rheumatism, dysentery and diarrhoea.
An infusion of the bark is given to women after delivery.

Did you know?

According to Greenpeace, large amounts of the timber sourced from illegal logging is being imported into China where are lax import rules. At the current rate of logging, the tree will be wiped out within 35 years.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species