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False Sandal Wood

Scientific Name: Myoporum Sandwicense

Hawaiian name: Naio

In the 1800’s this plant was sold as  sandal wood due to it’s sharp and  similar odor to the prized furniture wood. However, this ploy of using the Naio was soon discovered by importers and further imports were rejected.  Thus  the Naio earned the nickname of False sandal wood and Bastard Sandal Wood. Depending on its location and environment this plant can take many forms. Sometimes it crawls along the ground and at other times it sprouts up to 40ft tall trees.


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