Needle bush - Hakea lissosperma

needlebushThe needle bush is actually a shrub with needle like leaves and a profusion of white flowers that can grow up to 4 metres in height.  It is found in Southern Australia and Tasmania.  The specimens at Bedgebury were collected by Dan Luscombe in Tasmania in 2004.    

It has evolved to survive tough environments: instead of fruit it bears woody cones - an adaptation that makes it drought and fire resistant; its ‘needles’  further reduce water loss so that it can thrive in arid environments. 

This tree has not yet been evaluated so it is not known how, if at all, threatened it is in the wild.