Plants at the AALBG

Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum)

Sandalwood varies from a small bushy shrub to a small tree growing about 4m high. Whilst it has its own extensive root system, it also parasitises the roots of other plants to obtain vital moisture and nutrients. In early years of European settlement in South Australia the fragrant wood was exploited and exported to Asia to produce fragrant oils. Isolated remnants remain in SA and it is very rare in the Roxby Downs region. Tiny insignificant flowers produce an inedible brown fruit, similar in appearance to the quandong.

map legend Distribution of the Sandalwood in Australia.



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