Hakea victoria

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Royal Hakea
Fitzgerald River National Park Royal hakea DSC04449.JPG
Hakea victoria in the Fitzgerald River National Park
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Hakea
Species:
H. victoria
Binomial name
Hakea victoria

Hakea victoria, with common names royal hakea and lantern hakea, is a shrub which is native to Western Australia and noted for its ornamental foliage. The Noongar name for the plant is Tallyongut.[1]

Description[edit]

Hakea victoria is erect in habit, growing to between 1.5 and 3 metres tall.[2] Although the species is evergreen, its foliage ages to various shades of yellow, orange and red. The leaves are rounded and prickly and generally obscure the small cream-coloured flowers which appear from mid-winter to mid-spring. The woody fruits are about 25 mm long and between 15 and 20 mm wide.[2]

Distribution[edit]

The species occurs in the coastal region between Albany and Esperance, including the Fitzgerald River National Park.[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

The type specimen of Hakea victoria was collected near West Mount Barren (located in what is now the National Park) by botanist James Drummond and was first described by him in 1847 in The Inquirer newspaper.[3] The specific epithet is named for Queen Victoria.[4]

Cultivation[edit]

The species requires a well drained sunny, situation and will tolerate moderate frost. Plants are not suited to humid conditions; even if they survive, foliage colour will be poor. Propagation is easy by seed, but quite difficult from cuttings.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Noongar names for plants". kippleonline.net. Archived from the original on 20 November 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Hakea victoria". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
  3. ^ "Hakea victoria". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Hakea victoria". Australian Native Plants Society (Australia). Retrieved 30 July 2011.