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Anigozanthos rufus Labill.
Red Kangaroo Paw

Voy.Rech.Perouse 1:409 (1800)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Rhizomatous, perennial, herb, 0.2-1 m high. Fl. red-purple/yellow, Aug to Dec or Jan. White, grey or brown sand. Seasonally-wet areas.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 21 June 1994

Scientific Description

Leaves flat, 175-280 mm long, 4-7 mm wide; bristles or hairs on the leaf margin present, 0.5-1 mm long, with at least some small side branches at the base, straight and rigid, lying parallel with the margin or angled towards the leaf apex; hairs on the surface of the leaf present. Scape present, hairy, 400-460 mm long. Inflorescence subtended by a bract 15-30 mm long, with several flowers; floral bracts 6-10 mm long; pedicels present, 2.5-6 mm long; flowers 25-30 mm long. Perianth hairy, bilaterally symmetric, uniformly coloured, yellow or red, with six more or less equal tepals, the inner segments 7-8 mm long. Stamens six, in three levels, in pairs; filaments 3-4 mm long; anther 2.3 mm long, without an appendage. Style 17-25 mm long. Flowers in January, August, September, October, November or December. Occurs in the Coolgardie, Jarrah Forest, Mallee and Esperance IBRA bioregion(s), of the Eremaeam and South-west Botanical Province.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 18 January 2020


IBRA Regions
Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee.
IBRA Subregions
Eastern Mallee, Fitzgerald, Recherche, Southern Cross, Southern Jarrah Forest, Western Mallee.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Cranbrook, Dundas, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Kent, Lake Grace, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe.