Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo) – The Versatile Rosewood.
Note: Do not confuse Rosewood from India with Rosewood from Brazil, South America which comes from the endangered Aniba rosaeodora tree.
This is NOT an endangered species and does not feature on any CITES list.
Dalbergia sissoo, best known internationally as a premier timber species of the Rosewood genus, Sissoo is also an important fuelwood, shade, shelter and fodder tree. With its multiple products, tolerance of light frosts and long dry seasons, this species deserves greater consideration for agroforestry applications.
Sissoo is native to the foothills of the Himalayas.
A medium to a large deciduous tree with a light crown. It can grow to 30 m in height and 80 cm in diameter but is usually smaller. Trunks are often crooked when grown in the open. Leaves are alternate, pinnately compound and about 15 cm long. Flowers are whitish to pink, 1 cm long and in dense clusters 5-10 cm in length. Pods are oblong, flat, thin, 3-7 cm long, 10-12 mm wide, and light brown. They contain 1-5 flat bean-shaped seeds 7-9 mm long. Sissoo and shisham are common names for Dalbergia sissoo.
Linalool (90%), alpha-Terpineol (4%), Limonene (1%), Pinenes (1%), Geraniol (0.5%), 1,8-Cineole(0.4%), Camphor (0.4%)
Balancing, Uplifting and fortifying.
External Use only.
Do not use undiluted on the skin.
Store away from children and pets.
Steffen Arctander: Perfume and Flavors of Natural Origin. Pg 101 - 103