Hakea microcarpa R.Br.

Small-fruit Hakea

Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 182 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender shrub 0.6–2 m high; branchlets and young leaves appressed-pubescent, glabrescent by time of flowering. Leaves terete and/or flat; flat leaves narrowly elliptic, 3–11 cm long, 1.5–3.5 mm broad, rigid, rounded or sometimes terete at apex; terete leaves ascending, 1–14 cm long, 0.9–1.6 mm broad, not grooved, apex straight. Inflorescence 6–12-flowered; rachis 1.5–2 mm long; pedicel 2.5–7 mm long, glabrous; perianth 2.5–3.5 mm long, white, glabrous; pistil 6–9 mm long; pollen presenter an oblique disc. Fruit inserted ± at right-angle to stalk, obliquely ellipsoid, 1.1–1.9 cm long, 0.5–0.9 cm wide, smooth or rugose, horns 2–3 mm long; seed occupying almost whole valve face, obliquely obovate, 7–12 mm long; wing partly down one side, brown. Flowers Sep.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Locally common in subalpine bogs, along stream-margins or in poorly drained woodlands in the higher subalps, but with disjunct occurrences at lower altitudes along rocky banks of the upper Cann and Genoa Rivers. Historical records from western Victoria are likely to be mislabelled.

There is variation in the wall thickness of the fruits of this species, with some specimens having quite thin-walled fruits and others thicker and woodier fruits. Terete leaves are usually to be found in Victorian populations but flattened leaves may also sometimes occur on the same plant.

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 microcarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hakea microcarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory