Scientific Name:
Hakea sericea Schrad. & J.C.Wendl. (1796)
  • Hakea acicularis (Sm. ex Vent.) Knight (1809) nom. illeg.
  • = Conchium aciculare Sm. ex Vent.
Vernacular Name(s):
Needle bush; needlebush; Prickly hakea

Large spreading shrub or small tree. Shoots densely hairy, somewhat angular. Lvs terete, simple, 20–60 × 0.7–1 mm, glabrous except when very young, rigid and spiny. Fls few, in fascicles of < 10; peduncles 0 or very short, densely hairy. Pedicels 3–4 mm long, densely hairy to glabrate. Perianth white, glabrous, = pedicels. Ovary shortly stipitate or sessile; style glabrous; stigma cone slightly oblique. Fr. 2–3 × 1.4–2.5 cm, mostly very corrugated; beak very short. Seed 15–25 × 6–12 mm (including wing), black; wing extending down 1 side.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Jun.–Nov.

Biosecurity New Zealand 2012: Regional Pest Management Strategies Database.
Howell, C. 2008: Consolidated list of environmental weeds in New Zealand. DOC Research & Development Series 292: 42.