Exocarpos strictus R.Br.

Pale-fruit Ballart

Prodr. 357 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub to c. 4 m high, grey-green to light green, sometimes bronzy; branchlets slender but c. rigid, angular, striate, pubescent at first, finally glabrous. Leaves alternate, linear-subulate, 1–3 mm long, caducous. Inflorescences usually 2–6-flowered, short, dense, sessile or shortly pedunculate clusters 1–3.5 mm long in upper leaf axils, usually only 1 flower per spike fertile; rachis pubescent. Tepals 4 or 5, triangular-ovate, to c. 1 mm long, more or less acute, yellow-green, caducous. Fruiting receptacle broad-obovoid, 2–4 mm long, red, white or mauve, succulent; drupe ovoid or globular, 2.5–4.5 mm long, shiny, green to almost black. Flowers all months.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Apart from very dry and very wet communities, almost ubiquitous in heathland, woodland and open-forests throughout Victoria.

See also note under E. sparteus.

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 strictus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Exocarpos strictus 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 Scroll Belt 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall 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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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory