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 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    I don’t know which I like more the flower itself or the name!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The name. Definitely the name 😀

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I can see the lily connection, they look like fluffy toad lilies!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Now I want to see one of those – do you have a photo on your blog?

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        Yes but it will only give you a vague idea, you need to see a whole plant to see what I mean, it’s the very last photo. or
        I think you will recognise it even if you didn’t know its name 🙂

  3. You’ve hit your ID stride. I didn’t think it would take long. One of the pleasures of going to my local library in Narooma (apart from yarn-bombing) is a garden bed of kangaroo paws.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Do you know what the yellow one at the bottom is? It has a kangaroo paw shape (the five stems) but I’m not sure about the flower.

      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!

        1. Heyjude says:

          It is growing along the trail at Echo Point.

        2. Oops! I was talking about kangaroo paws.

  4. pommepal says:

    You are certainly honing in on the Aussie classics Jude. Kangaroo Paws are one of my favourites. Don’t know what the other one is though.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Is it not a Kangaroo Paw then? I wasn’t sure.

      1. pommepal says:

        I don’t know of any Kangaroo Paws that shape.

  5. restlessjo says:

    I don’t care what they are! I’ll never see them ‘for real’. Aren’t they just beautiful? 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      They look gorgeous en masse as planted together (red and yellow) in the Botanic Gardens.
      Kangaroo Paws

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