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Family Proteaceae

Hakea teretifolia Dagger Hakea

Diagnosis: You definitely know when you have come too close to this shrub! Its main feature are its very thick, stiff, round needle-like leaves, which have an extremely sharp and unforgiving point at the end. The needles are sparsely hairy. Flowers are borne profusely behind new growth, and have a strong smell. The fruit is long and pointed, unlike other Hakeas, which have a more rounded, warty fruit.

Habitat: Open heath, sandy shallow soils. Often in swamps, where it will form impenetrable thickets, which provide shelter for many small birds. This species seeds freely, even in suburban gardens.

Flowering: Summer to early autumn

Distribution: Common in Sydney from coast to mountains. South to Victoria and Tasmania.

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