The foot of the table is half the trunk of an old til (Ocotea foetens), a tree species that is one of the three character species (Barbusano, Til (Stinkwood), and Vinhático (Madeira mahogany)) of Madeira’s Laurissilva forest. The Laurissilva became extinct in southern Europe and Northern Africa due to the glaciations and desertification of the Sahara. Madeira is currently the largest and best preserved area of this type of forest on earth. Due to its rarity and importance, the Laurissilva, which occupies 20% of the territory, was classified as World Natural Heritage of Humanity in 1999.
At the reception of our Til SPA, you will find the other half of the trunk of this til, a species that, in the adequate climatic conditions (85% humidity) of our forest, reaches 30m in height.