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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Hakea (Needlebushes) 

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Proteales > Family: Proteaceae

About 110 species, all native to Australia. At least five species have become naturalised in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and are considered weeds. An additional six species are cultivated but not naturalised.

Species naturalised in South Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Hakea drupacea

[= Hakea suaveolens]


Hakea gibbosa (Rock hakea)


Hakea salicifolia (Willow hakea)


Hakea sericea (Needlebush, Silky hakea)

Hakea suaveolens (Sweet hakea)


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Hakea cristata

Native to western Australia.


Hakea cucullata (Hood-leaved hakea)

Native to western Australia.


Hakea cyclocarpia (Curved-fruit hakea, Wild bean)

Native to western Australia.


Hakea dactyloides (Finger hakea)

Native to eastern Australia.


Hakea laurina

Native to western Australia.


Hakea purpurea

Native to Queensland, Australia.