Seeds of South Australia
Hakea vittata (Proteaceae)
Striped Hakea
List of species for Hakea
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Seed collecting:
January to December
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, South East
IBRA regions
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern   [likes heavy limestone]
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern   [likes heavy limestone]
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern   [likes heavy limestone]
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Near Threatened   [limestone only; responds well to fire; not often seen; coastal development a threat]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [at Cape Jervis ]
Eyre Hills (EYB03)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least Concern
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern   [likes heavy limestone]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02)Gawler
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Hakea]
Name derivation:
Hakea named after Baron Christian Ludwig von Hake (1745-1818), a German horticulturalist and patron of botany. Vittata from the Latin 'vittatus' meaning longitudinally-striped; referring to the markings on the fruit.
Endemic to South Australia and found on the Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Fleurieu Peninsula and the South-east, growing on sand, usually in limestone areas in mallee scrub
Native. Common in South Australia.
Plant description:
Prostrate, straggly or dense shrub to 2 m tall with hairy young branches. Leaves terete, to 80 mm long and 1.5 mm wide, glabrescent, pungent tip. Inflorescence axillary clusters with 1–8 reddish outside,white inside flowers. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Greyish-brown woody ovoid fruit to 24 mm long and 15 mm wide, with smooth or wrinkled surface and two short beaks. Fruit split into two to reveal two seeds.
Seed type:
Dark brown to black ovoid seed to 7 mm long and 4 mm wide (15 mm long and 7 mm wide including the wing that extend down both sides of seed).
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect mature woody fruit that are greyish-brown and not split. These will contain seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the woody fruit in a tray and leave to dry until it split open. Fruits can be placed in the oven at low temperatures to achieve the same result. Place the dried fruit in a bucket and shake to dislodge the seeds from the valves. Separate the seeds from the fruit and store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 85%.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily without pre-treatment.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
1800 (24.77 g)
1800 (24.77 g)
South Eastern
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.