Wood Uses, Ethnobotany and Pharmacognosy

  • T. Pullaiah
  • B. N. Divakara


Pterocarpus santalinus, red sanders, an endemic and endangered taxon, is restricted in its distribution to certain forest tracts of southern peninsula of India. Red sanders wood is used in making acoustic instruments, furniture, wood toys, carvings and antique products and in atomic reactors. By virtue of its occurrence in the forests rich in ethnic tribes, the usage of different parts of the tree by these communities is witnessed and documented by researchers. The tree is not only important for its timber but also used for the treatment of many ailments. A comprehensive review on ethnobotany and pharmacognosy is depicted in the current chapter.


Red sanders Pterocarpus santalinus Wood uses Shamisen Zitan Wood carvings Pharmacognosy Ethnobotany 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Pullaiah
    • 1
  • B. N. Divakara
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanySri Krishnadevaraya UniversityAnantapurIndia
  2. 2.Institute of Wood Science and Technology, ICFREBangaloreIndia

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