The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

Forestry in Bengal

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765. Forest trees do not naturally abound in Bengal; the teak tree (Tectona grandis) is the oak of the East, and grows in abundance in the hilly kingdoms of Burma and Pegu, whence Calcutta is supplied for the purposes of naval architecture. Whether it will ever be found worth while to cultivate this tree in Bengal appears very doubtful. The bamboo is the timber used in the general economy of the country.