Common name: Mulloway Needle Bush
Hakea actites W.R.Barker APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree, 0.3–5 m high, branchlets silky to tomentose when young, lignotuber present.
Leaves terete, 3.5–13.5 cm long, 0.8–1.3 mm diam., glabrescent, flexible to ± rigid, mucro 1–2 mm long.
Conflorescences axillary, clusters 1–6-flowered; rachis knob-like, rust-brown tomentose; pedicel 1.8–3.0 mm long, pubescent. Perianth 3–4.3 mm long, white, glabrous. Gynoecium 6.5–8 mm long; pollen presenter an oblique disc.
Follicle ovoid or obovoid, 20–35 mm long, 16–25 mm wide, the surface ± wrinkled but not usually distinctly warted; beak as a smooth, ± flattened rim extending down one side; horns present but obscure.
Flowering: Flowers May–September
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath or Wallum scrub, swamp forest or dry sclerophyll forest, in coastal sandy situations north from Woolgoolga.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by R.M. Barker, G.J. Harden, L. Haegi & W.R. Barker
Taxon concept: R.M. Barker, L. Haegi & W.R. Barker (1999)
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