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Hakea sp. (seed pods)

Hakea sp.

Description:

Laughing seed pods sharing a joke :-) Hakea is a genus of about 150 species of plants in the family Proteaceae, all of which are endemic to Australia. There are five species of Hakea known to occur in Girraween. http://www.rymich.com/girraween/index.ph... Possibly a species known as "tree hakea" (Hakea eriantha). It's the perfect height, although the seed pods don't seem to match exactly. Another is "finger hakea" (hakea laevipes ssp. graniticola), but its leaves are noticeably ribbed whereas this spotting is not (4th photo). A third is Hakea florulenta. The leaves of this species are not as prominently veined and are sometimes known to have pointed tips, although are more likely to have rounded ones; my spotting has pointed tips. However, this species is unlikely to exceed a height of 2 metres, and my spotting does. None of these species seem to be an exact fit, so the only way for me to make a positive ID is to take a much closer look and hopefully see the plants in flower. PS: A fourth possibility, in this case another subspecies of H. laevipes, is known to occur on the granite belt, although has not been documented in Girraween - H. l. ssp. laevipes. I will investigate this also.

Habitat:

Spotted on the rocky slopes of Mt. Norman in Girraween National Park. Sunny aspect, although subject to extreme conditions - freezing cold (sometimes snow) in winter, and intense heat in summer. The entire area has just undergone massive bushfires, and drought conditions still prevail. Surrounding vegetation predominately eucalypts and heath plants. http://www.rymich.com/girraween/

Notes:

An excellent reference site - http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/lucid_keys/Ha... I find it surprising how similar to the various Grevillea species that Hakea actually is, but the later is often referred to as the "poor relation". Unlike the Grevillea, however, there has been very little work done in developing new cultivars of Hakea, so... poor relation? There's nothing poor about being totally authentic and 100% pure! Like other well-known Australian Proteaceae natives such as Banksia, Grevillea, Persoonia, etc., Hakea is also a beautiful and uniquely Australian genus that has its own character and has earned its place in the Australian bush.

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15 Comments

"I've just upgraded to 60 grit on a belt sander for my feet." No wonder those plants are laughing...

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt a week ago

That is INCREDIBLE, Mark!!!
I read that farmers have a time with them eating their food-crops, and are killing the birds to save their fields!!
This just AMAZES me!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a week ago

Hey Sarah.. Crackle is the sound they make as they turn a wooden house into mulch.
We had six pet sulphur crested cockies released in our valley in 1969 and now there are estimated 8000. Impressive as they aren't endemic in these parts.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

A group of cockatoos is called a "crackle" (I didn't even know that) and a "family". They should call it a RIOT!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt a week ago

Hundreds of birds?!?
WHOAH!!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

Thanks, Sarah. Cockatoos are pretty awesome, but so loud and naughty when they get together. All parrots are, but cockies doubly so. I've seen big flocks of hundreds of birds, but I've never seen a plague.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt a week ago

These seed pods are AWESOME!!
Happy we don't have "cockie plagues" in Ohio....馃槀

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 weeks ago

We are totally gross, Lauren, but I reckon Mark is worse. Cockie is a cockatoo.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 2 weeks ago

You guys are kind of gross, what is a cockie?

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 weeks ago

I haven't graduated from nails clippers for my toe nails yet ;-P

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Soft !? I've just upgraded to 60 grit on a belt sander for my feet.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 weeks ago

Age makes us soft, Mark. Remember the tough feet as kids that could walk on hot bitumen roads and lawns full of bindii's? Now it's memory foam shoes and comfy slippers. And I'm happy for the cockies :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 weeks ago

One of the worst things in Aus to tread on with bare feet but the best ammunition for cockie plagues. ;-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Ant贸nio. I appreciate the nomination.

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

QLD, Australia

Lat: -28.86, Long: 151.96

Spotted on Jun 20, 2019
Submitted on Jun 28, 2019

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