Hakea myrtoides (Myrtle hakea)
Hakea myrtoides, Mt Annan Botanic Gardens
Photograph by Cas Liber. License: Public Domain. (view image details)
MYRTLE HAKEA FACTS
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The Myrtle Hakea is a small spreading lignotuberous shrub with small elliptical leaves about 2cm long, with sharp points at the tips. The leaves are alternate and 7mm to 24mm long, and 3mm to 10mm wide. The flowers grow on the stems from the leaf axils near the ends of branches. The plant produces profuse clusters of pink, pale pink or reddish pink flowers in winter and early spring. The fruits are small, egg-shaped woody pods just under 1cm in diameter. The pods contain 2 winged seeds in common with most Hakeas.
grows amongst eucalypt woodland and shrubland in gravelly soil or loam
Height: 0.2m - 0.5m
Spread: 0.6m - 1.5m
Hakea myrtoides may be grown from seed without any pre-treatment but seed is not often available. The species can also be grown from cuttings but these may not be particularly easy to strike. Grafting of the species onto the eastern species H.salicifolia has proved to be very successful and has enabled the plant to be grown in previously unsuitable areas. Grafted plants may sometimes be available from specialist Australian plant nurseries in eastern Australia.
|Common Name:||Myrtle hakea|
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