Hakea actites

Wallum Hakea

Family: Proteaceae

Hakea actites, Wallum Hakea, is a small to tall shrub with a lignotuber. The leaves are cylindrical, light green, up to ten centimetres long and crowned with a sharp point.

The flowers are in axillary clusters composed of 1-6 white flowers. Blooms appear from May to September when they are both conspicuous and profuse.

Flowers are followed by woody fruits that are egg-shaped, wrinkled but without warty lumps and containing the usual two winged seeds.

Hakea actites is similar in appearance to the better known H. sericea. The main difference is in the smoother surface of the fruit. Hakea actites also occupies wetter habitats than H. sericea.

The specimen, in the photo, was growing in the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour NSW.

 

 

In the garden

Hakea actites occurs from coastal south-eastern Queensland to just north of Coffs Harbour, northern NSW. The species is often found growing in swampy situations. This makes H. actites a useful plant to grow in domestic wet areas. The prickly foliage this would provide shelter and nesting sites for small native birds.

 

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

Other information

Hakea actiteswas named in 1996 by W. T. Barker from material collected near Angourie, a town on the North Coast of NSW.

The species name is from the Greek and means coast-dweller referring to the regions where Hakea actites is found.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather