A large shrub or small tree rarely more than 6 m tall with rough bark, a sparse crown of narrow, grayish green leaves and tiny flowers followed by orange red, edible fruits with a large, hard-shelled pit. It is a so-called hemiparasitic tree, tapping the roots of other trees, such as Acacia aneura, Acacia acuminata, Allocasuarina, Eucalyptus, Senna siamea and Pongamia pinnata, for nutrients. Santalum spicatum is widespread in the drier regions of South Australia and Western Australia in a variety of habitats. Australian Sandalwood is cultivated in Australia on a moderate scale for its wood, which contains a highly valued aromatic oil similar to that of Indian Sandalwood. The fruits are eaten raw. The seeds are delicious when roasted and salted.