Native Cherry, Ballart (Exocarpos cupressiformis)


Family: Santalaceae

Habitat: Woodlands

Flowering Time: Spring to Winter

Ngarrindjeri name: Ballot or Pallat

Description and uses:

Native Cherry
The seed is on the outside of the fruit

Like its beach loving relative, Coastal Ballart , Native Cherry or ‘Ballart’ has a yellow flower followed by edible fruit that grows with its seed on the outside. The part we eat is actually an enlarged section of the flower stalk which is sweet and tasty, getting more so as it gets redder. Don’t eat the seed though, it’s bitter, just spit it onto the ground where you think it will grow nicely!

Native Cherry is a hemiparasite in its early stages of growth, attaching itself to the roots of older trees (particularly Eucalypts) to gain nutrients. It’s related to Quandongs too.

The wood is particularly beautiful and is popular for woodwork.

Native Cherry
Native Cherry
Native Cherry
Native Cherry branchlets

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