Red Sanders and Santalum Sandalwood

Red Sanders and Santalum Sandalwood

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The Chittoor police seized red sanders logs and a car at a forest location near Nendragunta cross, and arrested Praveen Kumar, a youth from Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu. The value of the logs is said to be about ₹1.5 crore in international market.

About Red Sanders

  • Pterocarpus santalinus, the common names include red sanders, red sandalwood, and saunderswood.
  • It is a species of Pterocarpus endemic to the southern Eastern Ghats mountain range of South India.
  • This tree is valued for the rich red color of its wood.
  • The wood is not aromatic.
  • The tree is not to be confused with the aromatic Santalum sandalwood trees that grow natively in South India.
  • Due to its slow growth and rarity, furniture made from it is difficult to find and can be expensive.
  • It has been one of the most prized woods for millennia.

Santalum Sandalwood

  • Sandalwood is a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum.
  • The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades.
  • Sandalwood oil is extracted from the woods for use.
  • Sandalwood is the second-most expensive wood in the world, after African blackwood.
  • Both the wood and the oil produce a distinctive fragrance that has been highly valued for centuries.

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