Exocarpos aphyllus R.Br.

Leafless Ballart

Prodr. 357 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or small tree to c. 5 m high, much-branched, grey-green or olive-green; branchlets terete, stout, rigid, divaricate, striate or sulcate, stellate-hairy at first, becoming glabrous. Leaves alternate, scale-like, ovate, to c. 1 mm long, early caducous. Inflorescences usually 2–10-flowered short, dense, sessile spikes or clusters 2–4 mm long in upper leaf axils; rachis pubescent. Tepals 5, narrow-triangular, to c. 1 mm long, more or less acute, yellow-green, persistent. Fruiting receptacle depressed-obovoid, 1–2 mm long, creamish, becoming red; drupe ovoid, 3–5 mm long, somewhat ribbed, stellate-hairy at first, almost black when ripe. Flowers mostly Jul.–Dec.

CVU, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria, confined to the north-west, mostly in tall mallee scrub and cypress pine-belah woodlands, on sandy, loamy or calcareous soils and rather uncommon.

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

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales