There are about 150 species of Hakes endemic to Australia. They can be found in many different environments; the tropics, mountains, the coast and desert areas. The most diversity in the genus occurs in the south of Western Australia. They are shrubs to small trees. The flowers are usually arranged in groups in leaf axils and often look like their close cousins – the Grevillea. Hakea have woody fruit which distinguishes them from Grevillea.
Name Derivation: named after Baron Christian Ludwig von Hake a German patron of botany.
Hakea is in the family Proteaceae.