Hakea mitchellii Meisn.

Desert Hakea

in A.DC., Prodr. 14: 398 (1856)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rounded, non-lignotuberous shrubs 1–4 m high; branchlets finally glabrous. Leaves uniform or seasonally heteromorphic, widely spreading, terete or trigonous, not grooved, 3.5–12 cm long, 0.8–1.6 mm wide. Inflorescence 16–36-flowered; pedicel glabrous; perianth 2–4 mm long, cream-white, glabrous; pistil 4.5–6.2 mm long; pollen presenter conical. Fruit ellipsoid to ovoid, 1.2–2.5 cm long, 0.2–1.3 cm wide, not beaked but usually gibbous toward apex, shortly apiculate; horns lacking; seed not occupying whole valve face, obliquely elliptic, 8–15 mm long, 3.5–6 mm wide; wing extending more broadly and further down adaxial side of body, sepia with blackish-brown streaks and blotches. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

Glep, GGr, LoM, MuM, Wim. Also SA. Confined in Victoria to the further west and north-west, bounded approximately by the 250 mm and 500 mm rainfall isohyets, mainly in mallee woodlands and mallee-heath communities, commonly on calcareous sandy soils or deep siliceous sands. A 1923 coillection was supposedly from Pakenham.

Victorian populations of this species have terete leaves but on Kangaroo Is. in South Australia the leaves can be flat and up to 10 mm wide.

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 mitchellii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hakea mitchellii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Goldfields present cultivated
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales