Flowers in Australia: 10

Kangaroo Paw / Anigozanthos


The family of plants that includes the kangaroo paws is known as the Haemodoraceae. The family takes its name from the genus Haemodorum which is found in various parts of Australia as well as in New Guinea. The Haemodoraceae is a family of herbaceous plants related to the lilies (Amaryllidaceae).

In general, the Australian members of the Haemodoraceae are small, strappy-leaved, clumping plants occasionally reaching 1 metre wide and high, but usually much smaller. The leaves arise from an underground stem, known as a rhizome, and flowers occur in terminal clusters on stems arising from the base of the leaves. These flowering stems may be shorter or longer than the leaves, depending on the genus. Flowers have little or no fragrance.

 I’m not 100% sure that these (above) are the same plant.


15 thoughts on “Flowers in Australia: 10

      1. Me neither! They aren’t native to NSW and certainly not to the south coast. That sort of flower didn’t appear in any photos in my ID book – which will be sitting on your bedside table!


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