Hakea tephrosperma R.Br.

Hooked Needlewood

Suppl. Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holl. 26 (1830) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or small tree; branchlets minutely pubescent, becoming glabrous. Leaves rigid, terete, 3–8 cm long, 1–1.5(–1.8) mm wide, not grooved, glabrescent; apex abruptly curved. Inflorescence 6–22-flowered; rachis 1–3 mm long, densely appressed brown-pubescent; pedicel and perianth appressed white and brown-pubescent; pedicel 3.5–7 mm long; perianth 5–6 mm long, white or cream; pistil 7–10 mm long; pollen presenter an oblique disc. Fruit broadly ovoid, 2–3 cm long, 1.5–2 cm wide, smooth, sometimes warted, beaked for c. one-third the length, horns blunt, to 2 mm long; seed not occupying whole valve face; wing decurrent down one side only, grey-yellow to blackish. Flowers mainly Sep.–Oct.

CVU, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, VAlp, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, NSW, Qld. Scattered in the north and north-west of the State, on sandy and heavier, fertile loam soils, and like Hakea leucoptera, now much reduced by agriculture.

In addition to the characters given in the key, H. tephrosperma differs from H. leucoptera in having predominantly horned fruits and generally darker seed wings.

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
Hero image
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 tephrosperma in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hakea tephrosperma in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory