Hakea nodosa R.Br.

Yellow Hakea

Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 179 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender to rounded shrub, to 2(–4) m high; branchlets ribbed, soon glabrescent. Leaves flexible, not widely spreading, terete to flattened, 0.8–5 cm long, 0.7–2.5 mm wide, glabrous, sometimes grooved below; apex straight. Inflorescence 2–11-flowered; rachis 0.5–1.0 mm long, densely pubescent; pedicels 1.5–3.3 mm long, pubescent; perianth 1.3–2.2 mm long, cream to deep yellow, glabrous; pistil 3–4.5 mm long; pollen presenter an oblique disc. Fruit broad-ovoid to globular, densely warted or almost smooth with age, 1.3–3.5 cm long, 0.9–3 cm wide; hardly beaked; horns absent; seed not occupying whole valve face, obliquely elliptic, 12–23 mm long, 5.5–11 mm wide; wing broadly decurrent down three-quarters or all of one side, rarely narrowly down the other, dark grey to grey-yellow. Flowers May–Aug.

DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, LoM, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Occurs mainly in poorly drained heathland, heathy woodland, and scrubs fringing swamps.

Remarkable for producing 2 fruit types, one with a smooth surface, not developing any marked woodiness and opening while still attached to the bush, the other woody and usually with a rough tuberculate surface, which remains closed while attached to the bush. Woody fruits in Victoria are usually less than 2.5 cm long and 1–1.5 cm wide. The smooth-surfaced fruit was the basis for Hakea flexilis, described at the same time as H. nodosa.

Source: Barker, R.M.; Barker, W.R.; Haegi, L. (1996). Hakea. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Hakea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hakea nodosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hakea nodosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory