Red and Green Kangaroo Paw

Red and Green Kangaroo Paw
Red and Green Kangaroo Paw | Kurulbrang | Yonga maar | Anigozanthos manglesii

One of WA’s favourites, not least because it is the state’s floral emblem for the last sixty years – it also has made its way to starring on stamps and coins as well. The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw is a delight for native birds, in fact it has evolved to be pollinated only by birds, bees can’t even see the flower on account of being unable to see the colour red! The Noongar people knew that the Kurulbrang was not just a pretty face though - the stored starch in the roots, eaten roasted or raw, made for great, energy dense food.

Endemic to:

Geraldton to Margaret River with some eastern spread into Kojonup / Williams area. Yamitji and Noongar Countries, primarily; Yuat, Amangu, Wajuk, Pinjarup, Wardandi and Kaniyang.

It blooms:

August – November,  Djilba – Kambarang (Noongar) Wanddagga – Bin-garra (Yamatji)

References:

Ray, 2020, Wildflowers of Western Australia, Red and Green Kangaroo Paw http://www.gdaywa.com/wildflowers/kangaroo_paws.php
Spooner, A 1999, Anigozanthos manglesii D.Don https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/1411
Unknown, 2009, Anigozanthos manglesii, Australian Native Plants Society http://anpsa.org.au/a-man.html
Unknown, 2011, Anigozathos manglesii, Friends of Queens Park Bushland https://www.friendsofqueensparkbushland.org.au/anigozanthos-manglesii/
Unknown, 2015, Traditional Ecological Knowledge from the Perth Region, Perth NRM, https://www.perthnrm.com/nrmwp/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Traditonal-Ecological-Knowledge-By-Noongar-Names-Jan-2016.pdf