Osyris lanceolata

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Osyris lanceolata
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Osyris lanceolata in Cádiz, (Spain)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Santalales
Family: Santalaceae
Genus: Osyris
Species: O. lanceolata
Binomial name
Osyris lanceolata
Hochst. & Steud.

Osyris lanceolata is the African Sandalwood, used for its scented wood and to extract essential oil. The hemi-parasitic plant is found from South Africa to Zimbabwe and east Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. It grows in rocky areas or along the margins of dry forest, but is usually not abundant in any one place.

The wood is over-exploited in parts of its range despite legal protection.[1]


  1. ^ William Omondi Oloo. "A very useful plant, Osyris lanceolata, is at risk of extinction due to overexploitation". Kew News. Kew Botanical Gardens. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 

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