Anigozanthos viridisCommon name: Green 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. Viridis is Latin for green.
Aboriginal name: Koroylbardany.
Aboriginal use: The roots were eaten raw or roasted.
Distribution: Occurs from Cervantes to Walpole.
Description: Low growing plant with flower stems up to 65 centimetres tall. The green flowers are produced from August to October.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 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.