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Green Kangaroo Paw
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Anigozanthos
Species:
viridis
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Occurrence data from AVH

Anigozanthos viridis, commonly known as Green Kangaroo Paw, is a grass-like perennial herb native to the south western coastal parts of Western Australia. The Noongar peoples know the plant as Koroylbardany.

Description

The rhizomatous plant typically grows to a height of 0.05 to 0.85 m (2.0 in to 2 ft 9.5 in) and blooms in spring between August and October producing green or yellow-green flowers. The only synonym is Anigosanthus viridis.

Taxonomy

The species was first formally described by the botanist Stephan Endlicher in 1846 as a part of Johann Georg Christian Lehmann's work Haemodoraceae as published in Plantae Preissianae.

There are two subspecies;

  • Anigozanthos viridis subsp. terraspectans described by Stephen Hopper in 1987.
  • Anigozanthos viridis Endl. subsp. viridis.

The specific epithet is taken from the Latin word viridis meaning green.

Distribution

It is found along the west coast from around Gingin in the north down to around Augusta in the south where it is commonly situated in damp or areas that are wet in winter growing in clay, loam or sandy soils.

Uses

The Noongar peoples used the roots of the plant as a food source, which they either roasted or ate raw.

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