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Furze hakea
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Hakea ulicina in Bunyip State Park, Victoria
Scientific classification
Genus:
Hakea
Species:
ulicina

Hakea ulicina, commonly known as furze hakea, is a shrub in the family Proteaceae, native to Australia.

Description

Hakea ulicina is an erect shrub or small tree growing between 2–5 m (7–20 ft) tall, resprouting from a lignotuber . It has long, narrow leaves 3–18 cm (1–7 in) long and 1–4 mm (0.04–0.2 in) wide with a prominent longitudinal vein. White conflorescences with 6-18 flowers appear in the leaf axils in spring. The fruit grow on a short stalk are ovate or obliquely ovate 1.6–2.5 cm (0.6–1 in) long by 8–11 cm (3–4 in) wide with a short beak.

Taxonomy and naming

Hakea ulicina was first formally described by Robert Brown in Supplementum primum prodromi florae Novae Hollandiae in 1830, based on plant material collected by William Baxter in Wilsons Promontory. Named from the Latin ulex for the genus of plants which includes furze (Ulex europaeus), and believed to be a resemblance to the habit or the leaves of this species.

Distribution and habitat

Furze hakea occurs on the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range as well as in coastal heathland. It is mostly found from the east of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria through to Eden in south-eastern New South Wales. Additional populations occur in the Brisbane Ranges and Anglesea to the west of Port Phillip Bay, as well as Tasmania's Furneaux Group of islands. A similar species from South Australia and western Victoria, Hakea repullulans, can be distinguished by its broader leaves and presence of a lignotuber.

Conservation status

Hakea ulicina is listed as "vulnerable" under the Tasmanian Government Threatened Species Protection Act 1995.

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