Plants of the Castlemaine District

Bushy Needlewood- native (Hakea decurrens subsp. physocarpa)



Family: Proteaceae (Protea family).




The fruit can remain unopened on the plant for many years. They open after a fire, or when the parent dies, to release the seeds.

When not in flower, Bushy Needleood can be confused with Spreading Wattle. Both have sharp, needle leaves. Some differences:

Photo 1: Two fruits of a dead Bushy Needlewood. The fruit have opened to release the seed. Castlemaine.
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2: Green Gully Road. Glenluce. 3: Planted specimen in a Castlemaine nature strip. Pink-flowered forms are often selected by nurseries.

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