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Hakea archaeoides

It is listed as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act (i.e. facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future, as determined in accordance with prescribed criteria). The listing is because of its risk of local extinction due to low population numbers.

Until recently it was considered to be a variant of Hakea trineura, which has yellow flowers and only occurs in Queensland.

Leaf material from a plant growing at the Australian Botanic Garden was used by botanists as a source of DNA for their research. Botanic gardens provide researchers with easily accessible wild-sourced material. 

Common nameBig Nellie hakea
Scientific nameHakea archaeoides W.R.Barker

Genus: Hakea - After Baron Christian Ludwig von Hake, 1745-1818, German patron of botany.

Species: archaeoides - From Greek, archaeos, original or beginning, and the suffix -oides, resembling.

DistributionFound only in New South Wales, it is restricted to the hinterland between Kempsey and Taree, around Mt Boss, Broken Bago and Landsdowne.
Native habitatFound on steep, rocky, sheltered slopes and in deep gullies in open eucalypt forest. It commonly occurs at the interface of dry eucalypt forest and gully communities.
DescriptionA multistemmed, lignotuberous shrub or tree to 7 m high. The flowers are followed by woody seed pods containing two winged seeds. The pods do not shed the seed until stimulated to do so by environmental conditions (e.g. after a bushfire).
Flowering/fruitingIt produces red flowers from October to December.
Location in gardenIt is planted in Bed 4, the Rare and Threatened Garden, which is part of the Connections Garden. It is also in Bed 157 in the Banksia Garden.
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