Exocarpos syrticola (F.Muell. ex Miq.) Stauffer

Coast Ballart

Mitt. Bot. Mus. Univ. Zürich 213: 173 (1959) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub to c. 3.5 m high, much-branched, dark to bronze-green; branchlets erect, terete or slightly angular, rigid, striate, often swollen at tips, pubescent between ridges at first, finally glabrous. Leaves alternate, scale-like, ovate to lanceolate, 1–1.5 mm long, erect or spreading, persistent, usually becoming dark. Inflorescences usually 2–9-flowered short, dense, sessile spikes or clusters 2–5 mm long in upper leaf axils; rachis pubescent. Tepals 5, triangular, c. 0.5 mm long, obtuse, yellow-green, persistent. Fruiting receptacle subglobose, 4–8 mm long, white to pink; drupe ellipsoid, 3–4 mm long, smooth or slightly ribbed, glabrous, purplish when ripe. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec.

Brid, GipP, Glep, OtP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Tas. Confined to coastal dunes and cliffs on and west of Wilsons Promontory, but locally common.

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 syrticola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Exocarpos syrticola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

State distribution

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South Australia