Biology:Hakea pendens

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Short description: Species of shrub in the family Proteaceae endemic to Western Australia

Hakea pendens
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Priority Three — Poorly Known Taxa (DEC)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Hakea
H. pendens
Binomial name
Hakea pendens
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Occurrence data from Australasian Virtual Herbarium

Hakea pendens is a flowering plant in the family Proteaceae and endemic to a small area in the Goldfields-Esperance regions of Western Australia. It is a small shrub with needle-like leaves and pendulous pink flowers.[2]


Hakea pendens typically grows to 2 to 3 metres (7 to 10 ft) high and 2.5 to 3.1 metres (8 to 10 ft) wide. The branchlets are densely covered in silky, flattened hairs until flowering and then the surface becoming whitish and waxy. The terete, dark green leaves are 2–4 cm (0.8–2 in) long and about 2 mm (0.08 in) wide, crowded, stiff, and densely covered with silky, rusty coloured, flattened hairs, ending with a sharp point 2.5 mm (0.098 in) long. The inflorescence is a cluster of 6-8 pale pink pendulous flowers borne in leaf axils. Flowering occurs from August to September and the fruit is obovate, smooth, grey, sometimes with darker grey speckling and about 3 cm (1 in) long and 1.5–2 cm (0.6–0.8 in) wide.[3][4][5]

Taxonomy and naming

Hakea pendens was first formally described in 1990 by Robyn Mary Barker and the description was published in the Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden from a specimen collected near Marvel Loch.[5][6] The specific epithet (pendens) means "hanging down", referring to the flower.[7]

Conservation status

Hakea pendens is classified as "Priority Three" by the Government of Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife[2] meaning that it is poorly known and known from only a few locations but is not under imminent threat.[8]


  1. Barker, Robyn. ""Hakea pendens"". Australian Plant Census. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Hakea pendens". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  3. Young, J A. Hakeas of Western Australia:A Field and Identification Guide. J A Young. ISBN 0-9585778-2-X. 
  4. Holliday, Ivan. Hakeas:A Field and Garden Guide. Reed New Holland. ISBN 1-877069-14-0. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Barker, Robyn Mary (1990). "New species, new combinations and other changes in Hakea (Proteaceae)". Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden 13: 100–101. Retrieved 6 November 2018. 
  6. "Hakea pendens". APNI. 
  7. Sharr, Francis Aubi; George, Alex (2019). Western Australian Plant Names and Their Meanings (3rd ed.). Kardinya, WA: Four Gables Press. p. 273. ISBN 9780958034180. 
  8. "Conservation codes for Western Australian Flora and Fauna". Government of Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife. Retrieved 15 March 2021. 

Wikidata ☰ Q18080081 entry