Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Garden -

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.

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