Mangles Kangaroo Paw, red-and-green kangaroo paw

Family: Haemodoraceae
Genus: Anigozanthos
Species: manglesii
Main Flower Colour: Red

Description

Iridescent red and green flowers make Mangles Kangaroo Paw one of Australia's most recognised wildflowers. It is a rhizotomous perennial with long, grey-green linear leaves up to 60 cm long. The leaves extend from a central point at ground level. Its fantastically shaped red and green flowers appear at the end of long stalks in Spring. These stalks can reach a height of over 1m from the base. The flowers open in sequence from the lowest point and spent flower-stalks may remain on the plant well after their colour has faded. Flowers are tubular and elongated, the tips of the 6 fused petals bending back when open to reveal the 6 stamens. Flowers contain nectar that is a food source for many birds, who in turn act as pollinators for the flowers.
In November 1960, Anigozanthos manglesii was adopted as the floral emblem of Western Australia.

Flowering start in August and ends in November.

Identification

The main flower colour is red. Iridescent red and green flowers.

Uses

Widely used in cultivation, and many cultivars have been developed to meet specific horticultural requirements. They are also often used as cut flowers due to their unique appearance and lasting qualities.

References

http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/1411

Created: 08 Jun 2014 - Member - John and Val
Updated: 02 Feb 2015 - Member - John and Val

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Location

Bio Regions

GES - Geraldton Sandplains

SWA - Swan Coastal Plain

JAF - Jarrah Forest

WAR - Warren

Specifics

Kalbarri NP, WA

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