Santalum obtusifolium—Sandalwood, Blunt Sandalwood.—SANTALACEAE.

Santalum obtusifolium

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Habitat—Grows in sclerophyll forest and margins of rainforest,often along creek banks; chiefly in coastal districts, west to Yarrowitch, Megalong Valley and Braidwood districts in New South Wales.

Distribution— Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Erect often glaucous shrubs, to 2.5 m high; penultimate branches ridged or angular, striate.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head Flora Park, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Tallwoods and Tuncurry Flora Park.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, 2−ranked; lanceolate to linear or sometimes elliptic, 2 to 6.5 cm long, 2 to 15 mm wide, apex obtuse or acute, margins recurved to revolute, surfaces discolorous; petiole 1 to 5 mm long.

Santalum obtusifolium
Santalum obtusifolium

Inflorescence.—Axillary, usually umbel—like, to 5-flowered; peduncle 4 to 10 mm long; pedicels 1 mm long. Receptacle 2 to 3 mm long. Tepals ± triangular, 1.5 to 2 mm long, whitish, caducous. Disc with prominent oblong lobes. Ovary half to inferior; stigma 4—lobed.

Flowering.—Early Summer.

Fruit.—Drupe ± sessile, broad—ellipsoid, 8 to 10 mm long, purple, style base persistent.

Ripe.—January to February.

Santalum obtusifolium