Kangaroo Paw, Macropidia fuliginosa

Julia Harwood

West Busselton, Australia

Artist's Description

This is a black and grey kangaroo paw that is less common. They are perennial herbs consisting of leaves rising from underground rhizomes. Flowers are in clusters on stalks which grow from the bases of the leaves. A number of species die back to the rhizome in summer, regenerating in autumn. All species are restricted in distribution to the southern areas of Western Australia. This one was taken in Perth. WA.
This particular one is a spectacular species. The individual plants consist of blue-green strap-like leaves 20 to 50 cm in height. Flowers occur in spring and summer on branched stems to a metre or more high and are greenish-yellow with black, soot-like hairs. Black hairs also occur along the stems.
I live in Western Australia & this is part of our national emblem.
This is part of a series.

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