Hakea_orthorrhyncha.jpg (48587 bytes)Hakea orthorrhyncha: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is known as the Bird-beak Hakea.

This Western Australian species grows into a shrub between one and three metres tall with a similar width. Leaves are up to 18 centimetres long and needle-like. The bright red to orange-red flowers are borne in clusters on the old wood in autumn and winter. Flowers clusters are often densely bunched along the stems. Blooms are both profuse, conspicuous and attract honeyeaters.

Persistent woody fruits follow the flowers and are about five centimetres long with a long, pointed beak.

Hakea orthorrhyncha takes between 5-7 years before the first flowers appear. This disadvantage may be overcome by propagating cuttings from mature plants. Mature plants may be rejuvenated by coppicing.

Hakea orthorrhyncha would make a colourful and bird-attracting addition to informal native screens and hedges.

The Bird-beak Hakea comes from the Geraldton area in Western Australia.

Propagate from seed or cuttings. Cuttings of young growth give the best results.

The species name comes from the Greek and means with a straight beak. This refers to the fruit as does the common name.