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Exocarpos aphyllus R.Br.
Leafless Ballart
Found in woodland in southern, western  and eastern Australia. Easily confused with Apophyllum anomalum. An interesting article describing aerial hemiparasitism and Exocarpos aphyllus is linked here.

 
Exocarpos aphyllus Exocarpos aphyllus
Description: Flower (3mm) Description: Flowers (3mm)
Location:Port Augusta to Whyalla, South Australia Location:Hebel, New South Wales
GPS coordinates:32˚41.294S, 137°31.085E GPS coordinates:28˚52.860S, 147°59.144E
Date of photo:8 August 2011 Date of photo:29 July 2011
Field No.:939 Field No.:912
   
Exocarpos aphyllus Exocarpos aphyllus
Description: Plant with flowers Description: Plant
Location:Goondiwindi to St George,Southern Queensland Location:Hebel, New South Wales
GPS coordinates:28˚23.793S, 149°10.206E GPS coordinates:28˚52.860S, 147°59.144E
Date of photo:9 December 2012 Date of photo:29 July 2011
Field No.:1740 Field No.:912
   
Exocarpos aphyllus Exocarpos aphyllus
 
Description: Plant Description: Plant
Location:Hebel, New South Wales Location:Port Augusta to Whyalla, South Australia
GPS coordinates:28˚52.860S, 147°59.144E GPS coordinates:32˚41.294S, 137°31.085E
Date of photo:29 July 2011 Date of photo:8 August 2011
Field No.:912 Field No.:939
   
Exocarpos aphyllus Exocarpos aphyllus
Description: Inflorescence Description: Stem
Location:Woodcutter's Beach, Lincoln National Park, South Australia Location:160K South of Leonora, Western Australia
GPS coordinates:34˚48.174S, 135°53.939E GPS coordinates:30˚17.315S, 121°15.394E
Date of photo:18 November 2014 Date of photo:9 July 2014
Field No.:2955 Field No.:2610
Exocarpos aphyllus Exocarpos aphyllus
Description: Fruit Description: Fruit and branches
Location:Gawler Ranges National Park, South Australia Location:Gawler Ranges National Park, South Australia
GPS coordinates:32˚35.534S, 135°22.929E GPS coordinates:32˚35.534S, 135°22.929E
Date of photo:14 November 2014 Date of photo:14 November 2014
Field No.:2925 Field No.:2925
   
Exocarpos aphyllus Exocarpos aphyllus
Description:Fruit Description:Fruit
Location:Woodcutter's Beach, Lincoln National Park, South Australia Location:Woodcutter's Beach, Lincoln National Park, South Australia
GPS coordinates:34˚48.174S, 135°53.939E GPS coordinates:34˚48.174S, 135°53.939E
Date of photo:18 November 2014 Date of photo:18 November 2014
Field No.:2955 Field No.:2955
   
Exocarpos aphyllus Exocarpos aphyllus
Description:Tree with mistletoe Lysiana casuarinae (FN:5339) Description:Tree with mistletoe Lysiana casuarinae (FN:5339)
Location:Lake Annean, 50K S of Meekatharra, Western Australia Location:Lake Annean, 50K S of Meekatharra, Western Australia
GPS coordinates:26˚56.5404S, 118°15.2118E GPS coordinates:26˚56.5404S, 118°15.2118E
Date of photo:6 August 2016 Date of photo:6 August 2016
Field No.:5340 voucher  specimen Field No.:5340 voucher  specimen
 
   

 

 

References (accessed 1 January 2017):

http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Exocarpos~aphyllus

http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/cgi-bin/speciesfacts_display.cgi?genus=Exocarpos&species=aphyllus

Baird I R, A novel observation of putative aerial hemi-parasitism in Exocarpos aphyllus (Santalaceae),Queensland Naturalist 52, (2014)

 

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