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Family: Proteaceae
Hakea vittata

Citation: R. Br., Trans. Linn. Soc. 10:182 (1810).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Striped hakea.

Prostrate or low straggly or dense bush or shrub 0.1-2 m high; branchlets white-pubescent; leaves 2-8 cm X 0.8-1.5 mm, glabrescent, not grooved, apex straight, mucro 1-2.5 mm long.

Inflorescence an umbel of 1-8 rarely to 14 white flowers; rhachis compound, up to 4 branches reduced to a knob 0.5-3 mm long; the rhachis, pedicels and perianth externally with evenly appressed rust-brown pubescence; pedicel 2.5-4.8 mm long; torus horizontal; perianth 46.5 mm long, limb 1-1.7 mm long; anthers 0.50.75 mm long; gland semi-annular, 0.2-0.35 mm long laterally, entire; pistil 9.2-11.5 mm long, obliquely inserted; pollen-presenter a disc, 0.7-0.85 mm long.

Fruit ovoid to broad-ovoid, 1.3-2.4 cm long, 1-2.1 cm wide in median view, 0.9-1.5 cm wide in lateral view, smooth, wrinkled or folded, sometimes warty, with an oblique smooth or pusticulate broad beak, topped by a short narrow beak flanked by often prominent horns 0-3.3 mm long, dehiscing partly down one side, fully down the other, with area beside the seed cavity broad with a pink-brown layer of wood, valves remaining joined by a white layer; seed 10-17 X 6-8 mm, body 4-8 mm long, with the ridge short, median or ?lateral, wing surrounding body, broader down one side, black.

image of FSA1_Hakea_vit.jpg twig, inflorescence, flower, pistil and internal face and external median veiw
Image source: fig. 76e in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  In sand or sandy-loam, often associated with limestone, in very low or tall mallee scrub.

S.Aust.: EP, SL, KI, SE.   ?Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Aug. — Nov.

SA Distribution Map based
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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Readily identified by witches-broom galls resembling dense clusters of short leaves, apparent in all collections seen. The name Hakea vittata has been partially misapplied in Victorian works to plants of Hakea tephrosperma.

Author: Not yet available

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