Exocarpos cupressiformis Labill.

Cherry Ballart; Ballee

Voy. Rech. Pérouse 1: 155, t. 14 (1800) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or small pyramidal tree to c. 10 m high, bright green or yellowish-green; branchlets numerous, usually pendulous, striate, pubescent or scurfy at first, becoming glabrous. Leaves alternate, scale-like, triangular or lanceolate, c. 0.5 mm long, 2–5 mm long on new growth, spreading, apex obtuse or acute, persistent. Inflorescences short, dense, spikes or clusters to 8 mm long in uppermost leaf axils; usually only 1 flower per spike fertile; peduncle 1–4 mm long; rachis pubescent. Tepals 5, triangular-ovate, to c. 0.5 mm long, obtuse, yellow-green, persistent. Fruiting receptacle obovoid or ellipsoid, 4–6 mm long, orange to red, edible; drupe ovoid or ellipsoid, 4–5 mm long, green to brown. Flowers mainly Sep.–May.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread in lowland or foothill open-forests and woodlands in higher rainfall areas of Victoria.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Exocarpos. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Santalanae
order Santalales
family Santalaceae
genus Exocarpos
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Exocarpos cupressiformis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Exocarpos cupressiformis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory