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Big Nellie Hakea - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Hakea archaeoides
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 10 Sep 2019


Big Nellie Hakea is a woody shrub or small tree up to 7 m high with red-brown, smooth bark. It has soft, narrow leaves to 25 cm long and between 10 and 30 mm wide with three to seven longitudinal veins and no prominent mid-vein. The red and greenish-yellow flowers are clustered along a pendulous stalk in the leaf junctions during spring. The smooth, oval shaped, woody fruit is 2 to 3 cm long, and has a sharp beak at the end. This species was listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act as Hakea sp. Manning River-Broken Bago State Forest and Hakea trineura.


Found only in NSW. It is restricted to the hinterland between Kempsey and Taree, around Mt Boss, Broken Bago and Landsdowne. The closely related Hakea trineura occurs only in Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found on steep, rocky, sheltered slopes and in deep gullies in open eucalypt forest.
  • Commonly occurs at the interface of dry eucalypt forest and gully communities.

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Known South and east of Wauchope to Wingham Road
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known 2 disjunct populations: West of Pacific Hightway and either (1) South of Macleay River and Dungay Creek and north of Oxley and Papinbarra rivers, or (2) South of Oxley Highway and south and east of Wauchope to Wingham Road
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known South and east of North Wilson Road and Bobs Ridge Road in Willi Willi National Park