Common name: Needlebush
Hakea sericea Schrad. & J.C.Wendl. APNI*
Description: Spreading bushy shrub 1–3 m high, young branches white-pubescent, glabrescent.
Leaves ± at right angles to stem, terete, mostly 2–7 cm long, c. 1 mm diam., rigid, glabrous, mucro 1–3 mm long.
Conflorescences axillary, clusters of 1–7-flowered; rachis usually simple, mostly 3–8 mm long; pedicels sparsely white-pubescent. Perianth 4–5 mm long, white, glabrous.
Follicle ± globose to ovoid, 25–30 mm long, 20–25 mm wide, deeply wrinkled, beak 3–4 mm long, ± smooth; with two ± equal layers of wood opposite the seed cavity.
Flowering: winter to early spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and heath on the coast and adjacent ranges south from Coffs Harbour district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld *Vic.
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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