‘Iliahialo’e (Santalum ellipticum)

Hawaiian name: 'Iliahialo'e
Botanical name: Santalum ellipticum
Family: Santalaceae
Status: Endemic
Where found: Most islands
Water/Light: Dry, sun to part shade
Elevation range: 0 to 7,020 feet
Height: 3 to 30 feet

Notes: Don’t wait for this seedling to get bigger before you plant it! For it to survive, it must be planted near another shrub or tree. Its roots graft onto them for nutrients. By 1840, the sandalwood trade exhausted Hawai‘i’s forests as ’iliahi were cut and the wood was transported to the harbors. The introduction of animals and alien grasses contributed to the continued decline of this genus.

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