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Family: Santalaceae
Exocarpos cupressiformis

Citation: Labill., Voy. rech. Pérouse 1:156 (1800).

Synonymy: -Xylophyllos cupressiformis (Labill.)Kuntze, Rev. Gen. Pl. 589 (1891); E. dasystachys Schldl., Linnaea 20:580 (1847). , Exocarpus cupressiformis

Common name: Native cherry, wild cherry, cherry ballart, cherry wood.

Dense shrub or tree usually 3-8 m high; larger branches more or less scabrous, spreading or erect; smaller branches (branchlets) slender, green, pendulous, furrowed; leaves persistent only on branchlets, reduced to minute spreading triangular or lanceolate scales usually 1-2 mm long.

Flowers sessile, in short pedunculate spikes (3-8 mm long, including the stiff peduncle of 0.5-2 mm), usually only 1 in each spike fertile; rhachis pubescent; perianth 4-6-sect, yellow-green, less than 1 mm long, shortly ciliate.

Fruit ellipsoid to globular, hairy at first, 4-6.5 mm long, green or brown; fruiting pedicel oblong-ovoid, 4-6.5 mm diam., broader than the fruit when fresh, longer than wide, at first green becoming red.

image of FSA1_Exocarpus_cup2.jpg Exocarpos cupressiformis
Image source: pl. 6right in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Costermans (1981) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 169.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: throughout the year, but mainly Oct. — May.

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