Santalum insulare marchionense
Santalum marchionense Skottsb.
Santalum insulare marchionense is a small, evergreen tree. A root hemi-parasite, it obtains water and nutrients from host plants growing close by and does not grow well in the absence of a host[
The wood is a source of sandalwood essential oil.
Pacific - Marquesas Islands.
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A semi-parasitic plant, obtaining some of its nutriment from the roots of other plants[
]. The plant has green leaves containing chlorophyll, and is thus able to photosynthesize - it relies on host plants only for water and soil nutrients, not for sugars, which it can produce itself [
]. In a natural situation, the plant seems to rely on nitrogen fixing trees such as Acacia and Casuarina, though it is known to parasitize many other legumes, shrubs, herbs and grasses[
]. It normally has more than one host at a time[
An essential oil is obtained from the wood[
]. A source of sandalwood oil, it is used in cosmetics, perfumery etc. It is used locally for embalming and anointing the body[
The fragrant wood is used for ceremonial purposes[
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