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Fork-leaved corkwood

Fork-leaved corkwood

Hakea divaricata

Family: Proteaceae

Slow-growing, gnarled tree growing to 6m high with thick, corky bark and branched needle like leaves. The flowers are greenish yellow and appear in spring, usually after rainfall events. They are followed by pointed woody fruit containing two winged seeds.

Some groups of Aboriginal people extracted honey from the flowers or steeped them in water to make a sweet drink.

These interesting trees are tolerant of fire, often regenerating after a fire event. They are usually scattered through woodland communities on river flats.

Where to find this plant at Alice Springs Desert Park

These plants are found throughout the Desert Rivers and Woodland habitats.

Latz, P., 1995. Bushfires and Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs
Moore, P., 2005. A Guide to Plants of Inland Australia, Reed New Holland, Sydney

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