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enter image description hereenter image description hereThey were cut a while ago and have paper like bark, the newer bark is a reddish colour and the old is almost black, the leaves are long and slender and it had some yellow flower buds

https://i.stack.imgur.com/uaYM4.jpg https://i.stack.imgur.com/ARWuG.jpg https://i.stack.imgur.com/mCPum.jpg

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    $\begingroup$ Hello LIam! It would be helpful if you added the location of where you found this plant. Also, I use the iNaturalist app regularly-- and it's auto classifiers are pretty good at helping me identify a plant (immediately), and in my area they are usually followed up by a crowd-sourced (human!) identification within a few days. Plus, these pics can hopefully be used for science! You can add the app to your phone and use in real time. Check it out here: inaturalist.org $\endgroup$
    – Shannon
    Feb 14, 2022 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ This one has been bothering me, I keep coming back to it. I'm sure I've seen the plant as a non-native in the UK, perhaps a botanical garden or the like. Bookmarked in case it comes to mind. $\endgroup$ Feb 16, 2022 at 22:31
  • $\begingroup$ This one has been bothering me as well! Perhaps a neighbor has it in their yard? I dropped the picture into two different online databases (identify.plantnet.org and plant.id and did not get the correct match. If you have a location, that would help! $\endgroup$
    – Shannon
    Feb 17, 2022 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ Leaves and flowers bring to mind Australian and South African (fynbos) plants. The flower is odd though, $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    Feb 17, 2022 at 18:58

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Almost got it, I reckon:

I think that this is one of the Hakea species, but it could be another of similar genera, such as Grevillea. Hakea are moderately diverse group of Australian plants in the Proteaceae. They are hardy and are like places that reach very high temps in the summer, and I think all need fire to open their seed pods. This group of plants have very distinctive flowers, with the stamens sticking out and curling around (OP's second image).

I think this is probably Hakea arborescens, as this has yellow flowers and strap-like leaves, whereas most of the other species have white flowers. H. arborescencs is also one of the more commonly planted species in those areas where it is used as a garden plant. There's also Hakea nodosa with yellow flowers, but it has stick-like leaves.

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