Botanical name : Pterocarpus santalinus Linn.f.
Family : Fabaceae
Raktachandana, Raktasara, Kshudrachandana
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Madhura
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Red sandalwood, Ruby wood
Hindi : Lalchandan
Malayalam : Raktachandanam, Chenchandanam
Distribution – Grows naturally in dry deciduous forests in Western Ghats, also cultivated.
A moderate sized deciduous tree grows up to 15 meters in height. Leaf comound, leaflets alternate, elliptic, obtuse, with fine hairs in under surface, having pale appearance. Flowers yellow in short axillary or terminal racemes. Fruits oblique pods, winged, containing seed.
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, burning sensation, skin discoloration, fever, headache, diarrhea, dysentery, skin diseases, hemorrhage, inflammation, psychic disorders and general debility.
Useful part : Heartwood, Fruits