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Three-nerved willow hakea
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Hakea florulenta near Grafton
Scientific classification
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Occurrence data from AVH

Hakea florulenta, commonly known as three-nerved willow hakea, is a woody shrub in the family Proteaceae and is endemic to eastern Australia.


Hakea florulenta is a low, upright shrub to 1–3 m (3–10 ft) high and forms a lignotuber. The leaves are lance-shaped widening at the apex, 6–13 cm (2–5 in) long, (8–) 14–30 mm (0.6–1 in) wide, usually rounded at the end. More rarely sharply pointed, tapering at an acute angle. Between 14 and 20 white flowers appear on each inflorescence on a short stalk in the leaf axils. Fruit obliquely oval-shaped 2–2.6 cm (0.8–1 in) long and 0.6–1.2 cm (0.2–0.5 in) wide in the middle. The surface has blackish blister-like protuberances tapering to a short beak. Flowers from September to December.


Hakea florulenta was first formally described in 1855 by Carl Meissner from a specimen collected near Moreton Bay by Frederick Strange (1826 - 1854), who was killed by Aborigines whilst collecting near Mackay. The description was published in Hooker's Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany. The specific epithet (florulenta) is a Latin word meaning "abounding in flowers" or "flowering profusely".

Distribution and habitat

Hakea florulenta occurs in coastal areas of south-eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales from Bundaberg south to Grafton. Found growing in open forest, often associated with Melaleuca on sand or sandstone sometimes in poorly drained areas.

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