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The Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), sometimes spelt as Fork-leaved Corkwood, has foliage that forks into several sharp, tough needles, which is a dull green in colour. Some of the young branches are reddish brown in colour.

Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT
Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT

The flowers occur in showy racemes of 5-15 cm long and are yellow-green. Usually flowering from June to November. The sweet nectar of the flowers is loved by ants.

Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT
Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT

The Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata) are found as scattered trees in floodplain woodlands around Alice Springs, although they can be found as the dominant canopy species in some areas.

Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT
Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT

A lignotuberous shrub or tree, growing from 2 to 7 metres high. They are described as having a light to dark coloured corky trunk (furrowed bark).

Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT
Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT
Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT
Fork-leaf Corkwood (Hakea divaricata), Alice Springs NT

Common name
Needlewood, Corkbark Tree, Fork Leaf Corkwood, Fork Leaved Corkwood.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Proteales
  • Family: Proteaceae
  • Genus: Hakea
  • Species: H. divaricata
  • Binomial name: Hakea divaricata

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