The Yellow and White Saunders Tree.

Botanical name: 

Santalum flavum et album.

A beautiful tree, native of the East Indies. It grows forty or fifty feet high, and is very much branched. The leaves stand two or three pairs upon a stalk, in the manner of those of the lentisk, and are not unlike those of that tree in shape; they are of a dark green colour, small, oblong, and fleshy. The flowers are moderately large, and of a deep dusky blue; the fruit is a berry, of the bigness of a large red cherry, which is black when ripe. The wood is white in the outer part, and yellow the heart, and these two parts are kept separate and were long supposed the woods of two different trees. They have the same smell and taste, only that the yellow has them both in the greatest perfection: and in the same manner, their virtues are the same; but the yellow is so much superior, that the white deserves no notice.

The yellow saunders is best taken in the manner of tea, it is this way not unpleasant, and is cordial, good against disorders of the nerves, and hysteric complaints, and opens obstructions, it also gently promotes perspiration, and works by urine.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.