Fragrant hakea decurrens

Bushy Needlewood

It looks a bit straggly and untidy at some times of the year. The red in the new growth looks attractive but when it starts flowering, it comes into its own.

Shows hakea decurrens, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Red stems and blue green leaves.

Shows hakea decurrens, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Hakea decurrens

This hakea has been blooming, with small white flowers reminiscent of grevillea. The fragrance is a mixture of sandalwood and incense, stronger in some plants than others. Flowering in the Reserve started in July this year and will generally finish around September.

Shows hakea decurrens, Bushy Needlewood, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Bushy Needlewood, Hakea decurrens

Shows hakea decurrens, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

White, grevillea like flowers

The habit of this shrub is columnar in the Reserve – especially around the reservoir – growing to 5m. On the ridges, it tends to branch out a little more.

Shows hakea decurrens, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Hakea decurrens: tall, alongside reservoir

Shows hakea decurrens, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Hakea decurrens: branches out a little more

Its leaves are spiky to the touch – great, though, for small birds. In addition to the protection it represents, it is a butterfly attractant and also provides food for birds.

It relies on fire for regeneration. The lack of ecological fire for some time is reflected in the fact that most of these plants are of a similar height and development. There is some growth, however, in younger plants in small patches.

 

Sources and further information

Corangamite Region Guidelines (2006) Species notes: Hakea decurrens Bushy Needlewood http://www.florabank.org.au/files/documents/provenance/20070801-15.pdf

Yarra Ranges Shire Council (2010)  Hakea decurrens: Yarra Ranges local plant directory. http://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Residents/Yarra_Ranges_Plant_Directory/Middle_Storey/Shrubs_32-10m/Hakea_decurrens

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