The distribution indicates the location(s) where the tree is commonly found; that is, where it naturally grows. This can be helpful to determine if a wood is imported, or if it’s domestic. A tree’s distribution can also be a good conversation piece for a project if the wood used comes from a foreign or distant land.
Also, additional source data will be included on a wood species if it is commonly grown on a plantation or is harvested from some other non-native area, such as Teak.
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A really nice addition to the Distribution description would be a world map with the geographic locations highlighted.