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Hakea lorea Bootlace Oak
The common name of this hakea describes its long, thin leaves, which grow up to 70cm long. We think it must have been named when not in flower as the stunning 12cm long, pendulous blooms in shades of yellow, orange, white or green would surely have distracted its discoverer from the lovely, lace-like foliage. The bootlace oak is a shrub or small tree growing to about 8m with thick, rough, cork-like bark. As with most hakeas, the spiky foliage will deter unwelcome visitors such as neighbouring cats and dogs, while the flowers are bird-attracting.