Exocarpos sparteus R.Br.

Broom Ballart

Prodr. 356 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Broom-like shrub or small tree to c. 6 m high, multi-stemmed, glabrous, yellowish-green; branchlets slender, often pendulous, striate. Leaves alternate, linear-subulate, 2–10 mm long, triquetrous, uncinate, somewhat persistent. Inflorescences short, dense spikes to 16 mm long in uppermost leaf axils, usually only 1 flower per spike fertile; peduncle 1–2 mm long; rachis pubescent. Tepals 5, triangular-ovate, c. 0.5 mm long, obtuse, yellow or golden-brown, persistent. Fruiting receptacle depressed-globose, 2–3 mm long, pink or red, edible; drupe more or less ellipsoid, 3–5 mm long, succulent, orange, red-brown to almost black. Flowers mainly spring and autumn (but spasmodically throughout the year).

LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria, confined to the north-west where sometimes locally common on sandy rises in mallee communities particularly following fires.

An apparent natural hybrid between E. sparteus and E. strictus was collected north-west of Lake Albacutya in 1887.

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 sparteus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Exocarpos sparteus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native

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