Common Name(s): Teak, New Guinea teak, Pacific teak, Leban; Gupasa (Indonesia); Katonding (Indonesia); Gofasa (Indonesia); Biti (Indonesia); Awola (Indonesia); Nanasa (Indonesia); Tompira (Indonesia); Wola (Indonesia); Fafa (Indonesia)
Scientific Name: Vitex cofassus
Distribution: A native of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
Janka Hardness: 1100
Color/Appearance: pale yellowish to creamy-grey appearance. Texture is fine and slightly lustrous with an even grain..
Grain/Texture: Grain is straight, though it can occasionally be wavy or interlocked. Coarse, uneven texture and moderate to low natural luster. Raw, unfinished wood surfaces have a slightly oily or greasy feel due to natural oils.
Workability: Easy to work in nearly all regards. Despite its natural oils, glues and finishes well.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List as listed as Least Concern.
Common Uses: Ship and boatbuilding, decking, veneer, furniture, exterior/exterior construction, carving, turnings, and other small wood objects.