|Botanical Name||Hakea gibbosa|
DescriptionExtremely prickly, spreading shrub, hairy in most of its parts. Leaves needle-like and circular in cross section. Has a large woody, beaked seed capsule. Seed winged on both margins. Flowers white, Jun-Aug. Can be confused with needlebush (prickly hakea) - only the shoots of needlebush are hairy.
Where is it found?Roadside shrub, well established.
Why is it a problem?Grows densely, spreads quickly in shrublands. Because it is so spiny it is of nuisance value in areas of visitor usage.
How does it spread?Originally introduced for hedging, hakea is now a problem weed in some areas. Fire adapted species - spreads by seed after fire.
How do I get rid of it?
Ringbark or chainsaw larger trees. Hand pull young plants.
Hand pull young plants, chainsaw or ringbark larger trees. Follow-up will be required to remove seedlings if they are not shaded out by larger trees.