Hakea Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.


Commemorating Baron Christian von Hake (1745–1818) of Hanover, German patron of botany.

Shrubs or occasionally small trees. Leaves alternate, simple, cylindrical to flat and entire or variously lobed, stalkless. Flower clusters mostly axillary with a cone of bracts, often on old wood. Flowers bisexual, in pairs, of 4 tepals that split to the base when mature, mostly white, cream or pink. Ovary with 2 ovules. Style erect or bent back. Pollen presenter a disk or cone, flat or oblique. Fruit a rough to smooth woody follicle, often beaked or horned, generally opening only on the death of the branch; seeds 1-2, with papery wing and convex on one surface.

Grown for the foliage, fruits and bird-attracting flowers, often as hedges or screening.

About 150 species endemic to Australia with centres of distribution in SW WA, also along the E coast, and with a few representatives in the tropics.

Seed, although cuttings are occasionally used and grafting has been used to produce more reliable, robust plants.

Sometimes used in floristry.

Differs from Grevillea in having thickened woody fruits and leaves that are generally cylindrical or with similar surfaces.

Barker (1996), Barker et al. (1999).

Source: Spencer, R.; Molyneux, B.; Mathews, D. (2002). Proteaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Hybrid cultivar

Hakea 'Burrendong Beauty'

Arching shrub to 1m tall, 1-2 m wide. Foliage grey. Flowers in cerise masses, clustered in the leaf axils in winter and spring. A seedling raised at the Burrendong Arboretum in the late 1970s to early 80s, initially thought to be H. crassinervia, later a hybrid, H. obtusa × H.. petiolaris.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Proteanae
order      Proteales
family       Proteaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Hakea bucculenta C.A.Gardner
species         Hakea cinerea R.Br.
species         Hakea constablei L.A.S.Johnson
species         Hakea cucullata R.Br.
species         Hakea dactyloides (Gaertn.) Cav.
species         Hakea drupacea R.Br.
species         Hakea eriantha R.Br.
species         Hakea francisiana F.Muell.
species         Hakea gibbosa (Sm.) Cav.
species         Hakea hookeriana Meisn.
species         Hakea laurina R.Br.
species         Hakea lehmanniana Meisn.
species         Hakea leucoptera R.Br.
species         Hakea lissocarpha R.Br.
species         Hakea multilineata Meisn.
species         Hakea myrtoides Meisn.
species         Hakea nodosa R.Br.
species         Hakea obtusa Meisn.
species         Hakea orthorrhyncha F.Muell.
species         Hakea petiolaris C.A.W.Meissner
species         Hakea purpurea Hook.
species         Hakea salicifolia (Vent.) B.L.
species         Hakea sericea Schrad.
species         Hakea teretifolia (Salisb.) Britten
species         Hakea trifurcata (Sm.) R.Br.
species         Hakea ulicina R.Br.
species         Hakea undulata R.Br.
species         Hakea varia R.Br.
species         Hakea verrucosa F.Muell.
species         Hakea victoria Drummond