Santalum Album

Common Name(s): Sandalwood

Scientific Name: Santalum Album

Distribution: Santalum album is indigenous to the tropical belt of the peninsular India, eastern Indonesia, and northern Australia. The main distribution is in the drier tropical regions of India and the Indonesian islands of Timor and Sumba. There is still debate as to whether S. album is native to Australia and India or was introduced by fishermen, traders or birds from southeast Asia centuries ago. S Album is ow grown in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hawaii and the Philippines, the sandalwood tree is native to southeast Asia and has only recently been adopted as a plantation wood in wider production in places such as Western Australia, Fiji, and Vanuatu where it thrives.

Janka Hardness: 1,680

Color/Appearance: Yellowish to dark reddish-brown as it ages

Grain/Texture: S Album generally has a straight grain, though it can be interlocked. fine-grained texture, medium to coarse with a good natural luster.

Workability: Sawdust may clog up saw teeth. The gluing properties are moderate due to a greasy surface. It planes to a smooth finish and polishes well.
Odor: Has a distinctive soft, warm, smooth, creamy, and milky precious-wood scent

Sustainability: listed on the IUCN Red List as vulnerable

Common Uses: A traditional source of sandalwood oil, Carving,