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A large shrub or small tree with rough bark, narrow, pale green leaves on weeping branches and tiny flowers followed by bright red, edible fruits with a large, hard-shelled pit. It is a so-called hemiparasitic tree, tapping the roots of other trees like Acacia or various grasses for nutrients. Santalum acuminatum is widespread in the drier regions of the southern half of Australia in a variety of habitats. The Desert Quandong is cultivated in Australia on a small scale for its tart fruits, which can be eaten raw and remind of abricots. The seeds are delicious when roasted and salted.