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Anigozanthos spp.

Kangaroo paw

About the plant

This genus is endemic to Western Australia, growing in dry sandy soils. As the common name suggests, the flowers resemble the forepaw of a kangaroo.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
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Facts

  • 11 or 12 species in the genus
  • Resemble the forepaw of a kangaroo
  • Pollinated by birds
  • A favourite ornamental plant

Emblem of Western Australia

The striking flower of Anigozanthos manglesii, commonly known as the red-and-green kangaroo paw, is the State’s floral emblem and is incorporated in its Coat of Arms. The aim was to raise interest in the State’s wildflowers.


Pollination

The sturdy metre high stems provide a ready-made perch for honeyeaters or wattlebirds, which are often seen clinging precariously to the stem, drinking nectar from each of the flowers in turn and helping in pollination.

Anigozanthos means 'irregular flower' and refers to the division of the flower into six unequal parts.
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Click on icon to reveal more