2019, VOLUME 6 ISSUE 3Pages: 393-396
Review on utilization of bark of red sanders (Pterocarpus santalinus L.): An economically important tree
Rakesh Kumar* and Surendra Singh Bisht
*Chemistry and Bioprospecting Division, ICFRE - Institute of Wood Science and Technology, 18th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru-560003, Karnataka, India
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Wood of Pterocarpus santalinus (Red Sanders) has been highly valued since long time for different purposes like: furniture, medicines, pigments and others; however its bark remains underutilized. Bark of any trees generally utilized for fuel purpose in India, however bark can be used for a renewable source of value added chemicals or products because generally they are much richer in both quantity and complexity of extractives. Although the extracts obtained from the bark of P. santalinus reported to exhibit several medicinal and therapeutic properties and also used in various ailments in traditional medicines but it is not have high economic values like its wood. Many articles have been published on the different aspects of this tree particularly on wood but no any article dedicated to its bark has been seen. Looking to the high economic potential of the bark of Red Sanders, this article discusses about the various aspects of bark including traditional uses, phytochemistry and biological activities.