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Macquarie University Arboretum

The Macquarie University Arboretum comprises all the trees and plants on campus. These trees, growing in natural and planted habitats, provide a valuable resource for teaching and research and a pleasing and relaxing environment for the enjoyment of staff, students and visitors to the university. The arboretum also provides habitat for many native birds and animals.

Plant of the Week

Pincushion Hakea (Hakea laurina)

The Pinchushion Hakea (Hakea laurina) is native to the south west of Western Australia. Hakeas have a wide range of flower and leaf shapes. The Pincushion Hakea gets its name from the globular flower heads. The cream coloured pistils unfurl above the pink petals, like so many pins from a cushion. Flowers appear in late autumn but peak through July and August. Like other members of the Proteaceae family, Hakeas prefer low nutrient free-draining soils.

You can find the Pincushion Hakea in flower now in the Proteaceae section of the Earth Sciences garden on the western side of E5B, along Christopher Ondaatje Ave.

Pincushion Hakea Fact Sheet

Display and fact sheet prepared by Alison Downing.

Photo:Samantha Newton

What's in Flower

Lemon-scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora)

Indian Spice Garden
Luculia 'Pink Spice'

Biological Sciences Garden
Violets - Viola odorata

More exciting information

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Questions, comments and other feedback can be directed to the Arboretum project coordinator, Samantha Newton.