Kangaroo paw is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia, but it has been widely cultivated in all cities of Australia. The scientific name of the plant is Anigozanthos. These perennial plants are noted for their bird attracting flowers. The tubular flowers are coated with dense hairs and open at the apex with six claw-like structures like the ‘kangaroo paw’.
The flowers have 6 tepals (fusion of sepals and petals) join together to form a tepal tube. 6 stamens are present at the orifice (outer opening) of the tube. The ovary is inferior, ie its position is lower than the other floral parts. The ovary has three-chambered with many ovules (2 to 100) per chamber.
The leaves are flat and long.
Botanical Drawings :
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-kangaroo-paw-image8277732 (Kangaroo paw by Meike Marks)
https://www.flickr.com/groups/872976@N23/pool/msbell/ (Kangaroo paws by Marika Bell)
Morley, B.D. & Toelken, H.R. (1983) Flowering Plants in Australia, Rigby Publishers (ISBN 0 7270 1477 3
Blombery, A. M (1973) What Wildflower is That? Summits Book (ISBN 0 7271 0109 9)
Cronin, Leonard (1987), Key Guide to Australian Wildflowers Reed (ISBN 0 7301 0191 6)