Hakea sericea Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.

Silky Hakea

Sert. Hannov. 3: 27 (1797) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised


Early records of Hakea sericea in Victoria (e.g. J.H.Willis, Handb. Pl. Victoria, 2:51 (1973)) refer to the native H. decurrens. Subsequently, true H. sericea has become naturalised in Victoria from plantings. It occurs naturally only in New South Wales.

Shrub to small tree, 0.6–4.5 m high; lignotuber absent; young branchlets densely woolly-tomentose, tomentum usually persistent. Leaves terete, spreading widely or angled to stem, mostly 2–4.3 cm long, 0.7–1 mm wide, grooved below, soon glabrous; apex straight. Inflorescence (1–)4–6-flowered; rachis 0.5–2.2 mm long, densely woolly-tomentose; pedicel 2.2–4.6 mm long, villous to hirsute; perianth 2.5–4.7 mm long, white or cream, glabrous; pistil (4.5–)5–7(–7.5) mm long; pollen presenter an oblique disc. Fruit broadly ovoid to globoid, (2–)2.5–3(–4) cm long, 2–3.2 cm wide, finely or coarsely tuberculate to deeply wrinkled; beak usually similarly patterned to body; horns 0.5–3 mm long, often obscure; seed not occupying whole valve face, mostly 19–25 mm long, 7–10 mm wide; seed body 5.5–8.7 mm long, finely wrinkled or warted; wing down one side only, or unequally down both sides. Flowers Jul.–Oct.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *OtP, *VAlp. Also Qld, SA (?naturalised), NSW (native and naturalised). Also naturalised New Zealand, Spain, S. Africa. Recorded as naturalised (following 1983 wildfires) from cultivation at Anglesea. Widely cultivated, and possibly naturalised elsewhere.

All earlier records of this species in Victoria pertain to the native Hakea decurrens.

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
Distribution map
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 sericea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hakea sericea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory