Anigozanthos humilisCommon name: Catspaw
Meaning of name: The meaning of the name Anigozanthos is unclear as La Billardiere, who described the species, did not record why he gave the plant this name. It is likely to be derived from the Greek words anisos, meaning unequal and anthos, meaning flower. Humilis is a Latin word meaning low or small.
Aboriginal name: Kurulbrang.
Aboriginal use: The roots were eaten raw or roasted.
Distribution: Occurs from Murchison River to Hopetoun.
Remarks: A plant to 50 centimetres tall. The red and yellow flowers are produced from August to October.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.
Information regarding Aboriginal name and use courtesy of John Horsfall.