Santalum acuminatum (R.Br.) A.DC.


Shrub or small tree to 6 m tall, sometimes spreading by stolons, the branches open to pendulous. Leaves lanceolate and with a definite narrowed point, sometimes sickle-shaped, 3-9 cm long, 3-15 mm wide. Flowers numerous in branched clusters. Perianth segments green or orange. Fruit a bright red or occasionally yellow drupe, 1.5-2.5 cm wide, the soft outer coat easily separated from the pip.

Southern Australia, NT, Qld

The ripe outer coat of the fruit is edible and has been used for jams, preserves and desserts. Listed cultivars include 'Frahn's Paringa Gem' and 'Powell's Number One'.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Santalaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Santalanae
order      Santalales
family       Santalaceae
genus        Santalum L.