Corkwood or Bootlace Oak Biota Environmental Sciences

Corkwood

Hakea lorea

Did You Know?

  • The corky bark protects it from fire
  • Unlike other hakeas, it sheds its seeds on maturity
  • The sweetly scented flowers are an important source of nectar for honeyeaters in the arid landscape
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Lorea is Latin for 'made of thongs' or 'long strips of leather'; referring to the long terete leaves of this species.

Also known as the Bootlace Oak. Small tree with distinctively deeply fissured, corky and rough bark. It can grow to about 6 m tall.

Leaves

Shiny, dark green needle like leaves are up to 40 cm long.

Flowers

Each bright orange to dull lemon-coloured flower is about 1.5 cm long but is grouped into a spectacular raceme up to 12 cm long.

Fruits/Seeds

Woody and slightly curved pods that are 3.5 cm across.

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

  • Not flowering

  • Fruit fully ripened/berry reached full size (record all days)

  • Open seed pods (record all days)

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When and Where

When To Look

  • April to September

Where To Look

  • Throughout northern and inland Australia
  • Likes well-drained soils on rocky hillsides
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What Else?

Similar Species

Hakea chordophylla has longer, thicker striated leaves with distinctive yellow petioles.