Pterocarpus santalinus L.f. Main specimen
Fabaceae
{ Nomenclature }

  • Botanical name : Pterocarpus santalinus
  • Author : Linnaeus, Carl von (1781)
  • Family : Fabaceae
  • English names : Red sandalwood, red sanders
  • Indian names (phonetics) :
    Bengali : Rakta chandan
    Hindi : Lal chandan, ragat chandan, undum
    Kannada : Kempu gandha
    Malayalam : Ooruttah chundanum, raktacandanam
    Marathi : Raktachandan
    Sanskrit : Raktachandana, raktasara
    Tamil : Chandanam vengai, chen chandanam
    Telugu : Kuchandanum
  • Synonyms :
    Lingoum santalinum (L.f.) Kuntze
    (Source : The Plant List, 2015, http://www.theplantlist.org)
  • Etymology :
    - Pterocarpus : Winged-fruit, from the Greek pteron "wing" and karpos "fruit". The pods of Pterocarpus santalinus are broadly winged.
    - Santalinus : In reference to the sandal-wood or its resin, santalin.