Common name: Cherry Ballart, Native Cherry
Exocarpos cupressiformis Labill. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 8 m high, yellowish green or bronzy; branchlets pubescent or scurfy at first, striate, erect to pendent.
Leaves scale-like, triangular, c. 0.5 mm long, 2–3 mm long on new growth.
Flowers in short, dense, sessile spikes or clusters to 6 mm long; peduncle 1–2 mm long; usually only 1 flower in each spike fertile. Tepals usually 5, < 1 mm long. Fruiting pedicel obovoid or ellipsoid, 4–8 mm long, yellow to red, edible.
Drupe ellipsoid to globose, 4–6 mm long, succulent; tepals persistent.
Flowering: throughout year but mainly October–May.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in a variety of habitats and soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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