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IDM Swaziland - Willow-leaf Needlebush - Hakea salicifolia

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Hakea salicifolia - Willow-leaf  Needlebush is an Australian member of the Protea Family. Elsewhere it is known as "Mak" Needlebush, or tame, alluding to the fact that it does not spread.

However, in Swaziland, two instances of this species going wild have been recorded. Please keep a lookout for this potential invader. It appears not to be able to tolerate too frequent fires and occurs near disturbed areas. It is cultivated as a hedge.

It can be recognized by its fruit, which are stored on the plant. These are hard woody follicles, with a characteristic beaked free end. The follicles split into two halves on drying out, releasing two flat-winged seeds. It has flat leaves, unlike the other Needlebushes grown as hedges that have needle-like leaves. Please also atlas these if you seen them, and notify your conservation authorities.

Hakea salicifolia Distribution

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