|This Australian tree is a relative of sandalwood
(Santalum album 1.; cf. incense). The Aborigines
of Lake Boga use the bark as a narcotic. From it,
they produce an inebriating drink known as
cootha (Bock 1994, 108*). The bark of the trunk
contains 0.21% alkaloids, which have strong toxic
effects above a certain dosage (2g/kg) (Collins et
al. 1990,65, 128*).
The leaves and wood of gumamu, the closely
related species Santalum lanceolatum R. Br., were
used by the Bardi during healing rituals as a
medicinal incense (Lands 1987, 17). It is said that
this treatment was «too strong" for children; this
incense may be psychoactive. Alkaloids have been
found in the leaves, trunk wood, and bark (Collinset al. 1990,65*).
Lands, Merrilee, ed. 1987. Mayi: Some bush fruits ofDampierland. Broome, Australia: Magabala Books.