Northern Sandalwood, Plum bush, Native Plum, Cherry Bush, Blue Bush, Bush Plum, Commercial Sandalwood, Northern Sandalbox, Plumbush, Plumwood, Quandong, Queensland Sandalwood, Sandalwood, Southern Sandalwood, Tropical Sandalwood, True Sandalwood, Wild Plum.
Santalum, from Greek santalon, Sandalwood tree.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the Brungle Bridge-Gundagai area.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, Vic, SA, NT, WA.
Various woodland communities, from sandy sites to rocky hillsides.
Much-branched erect shrub 3-7m high. Bluish-green leaves 3-6cm long.
Parasitises roots of other plants, at least when young.
Throughout year, but mainly Aug-Dec.
Collect drupe when dark blue or purple.
From seed. Soak seeds in mild bleach solution for 30 minutes, then wash carefully. Shell can be cracked and removed, or planted whole. Place seeds in plastic bag with moist vermiculite (and fungicide), then secure to make airtight. Keep at 16-250C. Should germinate in about 1 month. Carefully remove when root is about 1cm long and plant into a pot or into the field. Seedlings require a host plant for at least the first year.
Emits aromatic scent when burning.
Edible sweet drupe eaten by emus.
Fruits were eaten.
Foliage useful fodder.