Pterocarpus santalinus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pterocarpus santalinus
Species Authority: Linn.f.
Common Name(s):
English Almug, Red Sandalwood, Saunderswood

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1+2de ver 2.3
Year Published: 1998
Date Assessed: 1998-01-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): CAMP Workshops on Medicinal Plants, India (January 1997)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Red sandalwood is restricted to the southern parts of the Eastern Ghats.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurring in dry deciduous forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The tree is commercially valuable for its timber and for the extraction of dye, medicine and cosmetics. It has been overexploited in the past.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: International trade is now monitored through a CITES Appendix II listing and plantations are being established.

Bibliography [top]

Anonymous. 1997. Proposal to include Pterocarpus santalinus in Appendix II of CITES (unpublished).

Balakrishna, P. and Ravishankar, T. 1993. Letter with list of corrections to TPU printout for India.

FRLHT. 1995. Plants under threat - new list forged. AMRUTH 5: 2-3.

Molur, S. and Walker, S. 1996. Report on Conservation Assessment and Management Plan (CAMP II) (unpublished).

Molur, S et al. (eds). 1995. Conservation assessment and management plan (CAMP) for selected species of medicinal plants of southern India.

Oldfield, S., Lusty, C. and MacKinven, A. (compilers). 1998. The World List of Threatened Trees. World Conservation Press, Cambridge, UK.

Citation: CAMP Workshops on Medicinal Plants, India (January 1997) 1998. Pterocarpus santalinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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