Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Hakea macraeana

Common name

Willow Needlewood, Macrae's Hakea



Where found

Forest, woodland, rocky sites, and near streams. South from west of Jervis Bay. Coast, ranges and the eastern edge of the tablelands. Doubtfuly naturalised in the ACT.


Shrub to 10 m high, branches drooping. Leaf tips sharp. Stems rusty-hairy when young. Leaves alternating up the stems, 3–15 cm long, 0.7–1.2 mm in diameter, cylindrical, lower surface grooved, surfaces densely cream appressed-silky, covered by rusty hairs which soon fall off,  tips pointed outward or rarely hooked, with a mucro 1.4-2.7 mm long. Flowers with 4 white 'petals' 3–8 mm long, free from each other when the flowers are fully open, sparsely hairy. Gynoecium about 7–10 mm long. Unit clusters of 1–6 flowers, often several clusters close together. Flowers Winter to Spring. 'Nut' more or less round, 28–40 mm long, 18–25 mm wide, covered with numerous separated pale warts, beak 5–8 mm long, more or less smooth. Seeds with one wing.

Endangered Vic. Listed in the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act, Vic.

PlantNET description:   (accessed 8 April 2021)