Hakea teretifolia subsp. teretifolia    

Dagger Hakea

Prickly thickets of this Hakea guard the wet heaths and swamp from all but the most intrepid visitor. Needle sharp, cylindrical leaves up to 5cm long, characterise this rigid shrub which may be low and spreading in windy locations or up to 3m tall when sheltered.

From spring to summer a won- derful abundance of softly hairy white flowers cluster on short stalks in the leaf axils. Segments of the 4-6mm long floral tube roll back to one side. The white style, at first curved into the floral tube, is released to reveal the pollen presenter. Moths, which are attracted to white flowers, are evening pollinators.

The 3cm long dagger-like, beaked fruit is a tough woody follicle which splits in half to release two black winged seeds. Aboriginal people collected the nectar-rich flowers of Hakeas to make sweet drinks.

Family: Proteaceae
 

Kids Activity Trail

  • Why do you think this plant is called the dagger hakea?
  • Can you see a shape in the sculpture? What is it?
  • Did you know the nectar of Hakeas is attractive to pollinating moths, butterflies and other insects? Small birds also enjoy the protection provided by spiky branches and leaves

Image Credit: HUGO ROJAS Hakea teretifolia (Dagger Hakea) 2000, carved sandstone, 55 x 102 x 210 cm, Wentworth Falls Lake Sculpture Project, Blue Mountains City Art Collection