Anigozanthos manglesiiCommon name: Kangaroo Paw
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. Manglesii honours Robert Mangles (died 1860), brother of Captain James Mangles. Robert Mangles was an English horticulturalist, in whose gardens the type specimen was grown from seed brought to England by Sir James Stirling, the first governor of WA.
Aboriginal name: Kurulbrang.
Aboriginal use: The roots were eaten raw or roasted.
Distribution: Occurs from Shark Bay to Mt Barker.
Description: Low growing plant with flower stems up to 1.25 metres tall. The red and green flowers are produced from September to November.
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.