Needlebush (prickly hakea)
|Botanical Name||Hakea sericea|
|Origin||E. Australia, Tasmania|
IdentificationLarge, prickly, spreading shrub or small tree. Shoots densely hairy, older plant without hair. Leaves circular in cross section. Large seed capsule beaked and woody with a seed winged on one margin. Flowers Jun-Nov. Can be confused with downy hakea - note the downy hakea plant is covered in hair.
HabitatsScrub, open hillside.
Impact to Biota and EcosystemsGrows densely, spreads quickly in shrub covered hillsides. Nuisance value in areas of visitor usage.
Dispersal Routes, Vectors, Infestation SourcesSpreads very quickly. Now rarely used for hedging. A vigorous fire adapted species which proliferates after fire.
Ringbark or chainsaw larger trees. Hand pull young plants.
|Recommended Approach||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.|