Exocarpos nanus Hook.f.

Alpine Ballart

London J. Bot. 6: 281 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate or ascending subshrub to c. 1 m diam.; branchlets slender, angular-striate, glabrous. Leaves opposite, scale-like, triangular, 0.5–1 mm long, obtuse, erect or spreading, persistent. Flowers 1–4, in sessile axillary clusters; tepals 5, triangular-ovate, c. 0.5 mm long, obtuse, yellow-green, sometimes tinged with red, persistent. Fruiting receptacle obovoid to obconical, 2–4 mm long, dark red, edible but not palatable; drupe ovoid, 2–3 mm long, green to red-brown. Flowers Sep.–Feb.

EGU, HNF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread but localized in the higher eastern ranges, usually at elevations higher than 1300 m, where it favours open heathlands and herbfields, often sprawling over rocks.

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 nanus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Exocarpos nanus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory