Common name: Grass Tree
Exocarpos homalocladus C.Moore & F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 4 m tall. Shoots dense, flat, striate, 5–10 cm long, 1–2 mm broad.
True leaves only on juvenile shoots, narrowly lanceolate to almost linear, 5–8 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm broad.
Inflorescence of 1 or 2 flowers borne in marginal notches on shoots; peduncle 0.25 mm long. Perianth segments 4 or 5, triangular, 0.5 mm long, yellow-green.
Drupe spherical, 5–8 mm long, red; receptacle swollen, obconical, c. 3 mm long, fleshy, red, accrescent.
Flowering: Flowers March–January
Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Is. Endemic. Widespread and fairly common throughout the Island.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
This species is said to be related to Exocarpos strictus R.Br. of south-eastern Australia and to Exocarpos psilotiformis Skottsb. of Rapa.
Text by B.M. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia Vol. 49, 1994, p. 219.
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