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Armidale District

'Flowers' are actually groups of single flowers in paired clusters.
Each ovary develops to make a Hakea nut.

Left Panel information & images - N.Wilson

APS Armidale Fact Sheet - Hakea eriantha

Text and images by
Warren Sheather

Hakea eriantha is known as the Tree Hakea. Probably not the most fitting common name as many species exceed it in height.

H. Eriantha plant
H. Eriantha plant

Hakea eriantha , in cultivation, reaches a height of from three to four metres.
A few years ago a population was found, on the Waterfall Way, east of Armidale, with very narrow leaves that are half the width of 'normal' leaves. This narrow-leaved form grows into a dense, compact shrub.

photo - N. Wilson
flower heads
flower heads

The leaves are usually broad, lance-like, glossy above and paler beneath. White flowers have white woolly stalks and appear in clusters at the base of each leaf. They are followed by woody fruits that have a smooth surface and a beak.

Trunk

The bark is smooth and shiny.
The wood is very hard and brittle.

Spring flowering is profuse and conspicuous, usually producing fruits (containing two winged seeds) in large clusters. These fruits are favoured by Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos - they break the fruits open and extract the seeds.
Hakea eriantha is a widespread species and occurs in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Locally Hakea eriantha has been observed near Dangar's Falls, east of Armidale, along the Waterfall Way and near Inverell.
Hakea eriantha could be grown in shrubberies or as a foreground plant, in shelterbelts and windbreaks.

The species name refers to the woolly parts of the flower.
Propagation is by seed from the fruits which will open and release their seeds about ten days after picking.