Q&A WITH JULIE
Hi Julie, we are travellers and found this tree in a paddock near Charters Towers. Could you identify it? It has long flowers and long, needle-like leaves and a pale yellow flower. Ross Scott.
According to local plant expert Larry Corbett, this plant is Hakea lorea, or the Bootlace Oak, so called due to its long, pendulous leaves that look like bootlaces. It is a very beautiful small tree and a near relative of silky oaks. Can be found in sparsely wooded areas from Cape York Peninsula to southwestern Queensland as well as southern Northern Territory and central Western Australia.