Hakea sericea

  • Ridge above Stokes Valley. Jul 2003. GR R27  771034
  • Ridge above Stokes Valley. Jul 2003. GR R27  771034
  • Ridge above Stokes Valley. Jul 2003. GR R27  771034
  • Hakea sericea
  • Hakea sericea


Hakea sericea

Common Name(s)

prickly hakea


Hakea sericea Schrad. et J.C.Wendl.



Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic


Terrestrial. A coastal and lowland plant (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). The plant grows in low fertility sites (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). A plant of low forest, scrub and forest margin and shrubland (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995).


Large spreading shrub or small tree. Shoots densely hairy, somewhat angular. Leaves terete, simple, 20~60 x .7~1mm, glabrous except when very young, rigid and spiny. Flowers few, in fascicles of less than 10; peduncles 0 or very short, densely hairy. Pedicels 3~4mm long, densely hairy to glabrate. Perianth white, glabrous, = pedicels. Ovary shortly stipitate or sessile; style glabrous; stigma cone slightly oblique. Fruit 2~3 x 1.4~2.5cm, mostly very corrugated; beak very short. Seed 15~25 x 6~12mm (incl. wing), black; wing extending down one side. (- Webb et. al., 1988)

Similar Taxa

Large, prickly, spreading shrub or small tree. shoots densely hairy, older plant without hair. Leaves circular in cross section. Large seed capsule beaked and woody with a seed winged on one margin. Flowers June-November. Can be confused with downy hakea - note the downy hakea plant is covered in hair (DoC, 1998)


June, July, August, September, October, November

Main Flower Colour


Other Flower Colour


Year Naturalised



Tasmania, E Australia

Reason For Introduction

Life Cycle Comments
Perennial. Germination of seeds is high on burnt sites (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). Seeds are released from trees and either germinate or decay (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). The plant does not establish below its own canopy (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995).

Seed production is abundant, and seed remain viable on trees (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995).

Seed is dispersed by gravity and wind (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995).

The plant is slightly tolerant of shade and frost; highly tolerant to drought and intolerant to poor drainage (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). Resprouting does not occur from the base, but once toppled, can revert to vertical shoot growth at ends of branches (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). Adult plants are killed by fire, but releases seed (Timmins & MacKenzie 1995). Requires low soil fertility (Atkinson 1997).

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