Is it a native?

Cherry Ballart - native (Exocarpos cupressiformis)

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Family: Santalaceae (Sandalwood Family).


Other names: Native Cherry.

Occurrence: Widespread and common through the Castlemaine bushland.


The fruit has resemblance to a cherry with the seed ouside (and hence Exocarpos: outside seed).

Cherry Ballart is a root parasite. Its roots attach to nearby roots. It modifies the surroundings. Cherry Ballarts are a favourite place for Kangaroos to rest.

Name. Exocarpos: Greek exo outside; carpos fruit, the seed appears to be outside the fruit.

Photos: Castlemaine District. 1,2: The swollen fruit-stalk with seed.

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