H.rostrata.JPG (71146 bytes)Hakea rostrata: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is known as the Beaked Hakea.

Hakea rostrata is a small to medium shrub that may have spreading or rounded growth habit. Leaves may be from 2 to 15 centimetres long and 1 millimetre wide. They are linear, sometimes curving upright with a sharp point.

Flower clusters are carried in leaf axils with up to ten, white, scented flowers in each cluster. Blooms appear from July to November. They are followed by unusual S-shaped (sigmoidal is the scientific term) woody fruits that are up to 4.5 centimetres long. They have a narrow beak curling backwards along the body of the fruit. This feature gives the species its common name.

Hakea rostrata is a native of Victoria and South Australia.

The Beaked Hakea, because of its prickly foliage, should not be planted close to paths. The species could be incorporated in shrubberies where the foliage would provide nesting sites for small native birds.

The woody fruits are a distinctive feature.

Propagate from seed and probably cuttings.

 

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