Santalum lanceolatum—Northern Sandalwood—SANTALACEAE

Santalum lanceolatum

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Habitat— In vine thickets, widespread in woodland communities and arid regions.

Distribution— North from Narrabri district in New South Wales and into Queensland. Also in Western Australia, The Northern Territory and South Australia.

Description— Shrub to small tree

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, leaves usually less than 5 cm long. Ovate to narrow–elliptic, 2 to 9 cm long, apex acute or rounded, mucronate, base tapered, margins flat, surfaces hairless, often glaucous, or lower surface slightly paler; petiole 2 to 10 mm long.

Santalum lanceolatum
Santalum lanceolatum

Inflorescence.— Axillary in an umbel–like cluster of 2 to 5 flowers; creamish.

Flowering.—April

Fruit.— A drupe, broad–ellipsoid, 8 to 10 mm long, style base persistent, purple to black, inner stony layer (endocarp) smooth.

Ripe.—April

Santalum lanceolatum