Native Cherry, Ballart (Exocarpos cupressiformis)


Native Cherry fruit
An odd looking fruit – it has the seed on the outside

 

Family: Santalaceae

Habitat: Woodlands

Flowering Time: Spring to Winter

Ngarrindjeri name: Ballot or Pallat

Description and uses:

Like its beach loving relative, Coastal Ballart , Native cherry 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.

The wood is particularly beautiful and is popular for woodwork.

 

Native Cherry
Native Cherry

 

Native Cherry
Native Cherry branchlets

 


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