Hawaiian:     ‘Iliahi

English:        Sandalwood

Latin:            Santalum Paniculatum

FAMILY:      Santalaceae

STATUS:    Endemic


A shrub or tree 3-10m tall. Growing from 450-2000m in elevation.

Hemiparasitic on the roots of other plants.

Flower: are small in size.  Tan/yellow, red and green flowers.

Leaves: Ovate, olive green leaves, to burgundy red.  Young leaves are pink and burgundy. The upper surface is glossy

Medium-hard propagation.


Used for the scented wood and for softening grasses which were used for mats and clothing.

This was also used as Hawaiian Medicine.