The botanical origin of the oil is not known. The sandal wood from which the oil was distilled was dark brown in color, decidedly hard and tough and had been brought to Europe from Tamatave, Madagascar, via Zanzibar. Upon distillation it yielded 3p.c. of a ruby red oil of the consistency of East Indian sandal wood oil. The specific gravity was 0,969. Its odor resembled that of West Indian sandal wood oil1).
Possibly the wood is identical with that of the wood of Osyris tenuifolia, Engl, (see above) or with the wood which occurs in northern Madagascar and is there known as Hasoranto. It is said to possess properties similar to that of sandal wood-).