Friday, November 7, 2014

Floral Friday - Native Bloom

I totally slacked off for this month's floral Friday so I'm posting an already posted photo that fits the theme pretty darn well (can I be forgiven?).  Trishie challenged us to post a Native Bloom photo with one suggestion that we could tell you a little about it as well - which I think sounded fun (thank goodness for the internet!)

RED KANGAROO PAW (anigozanthos flavidus)

The kangaroo paw comes in a variety of different types (11 species and several sub species) which I didn't know about until my wiki adventures. From pinks to yellows, blacks and green and reds with a variety of two toned goodness in between :)

Native to Western Australia (the red and green paw is WA's floral emblem) the kangaroo paw are also found commercially in other parts of the World (United States, Japan, Israel) and Australia . There sap system makes them able to survive extreme dry spells and the furry hair on their flowers determines their colours. The bud produces six petals resembling a kangaroo paw hence then name :) 

So there you go! I definitely learned something and hopefully you did too - Thank-you Wiki!

Floral Fridays is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along, please email Trishie (trishie@underlockandkeyblog. com) for next month's theme


20 comments:

  1. I was very nearly going to use kangaroo paws for my post too! They are such cool looking flowers and totally unique. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Fee

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    1. They definitely scream Australia to me :) Happy Weekend too!

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  2. Hi Fee, I just came from ym dear friend Carolyn :O) ....This Kangaroo Paw really is such a wonderful flower!
    Thank you for showing ...
    You have a wonderfil Blog and I will come and visit you again :O)
    Happy weekend,
    Claudia

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    1. Aw hey Claudia! Thanks for visiting :)

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  3. beautiful flowers! i've never heard of them before, they're gorgeous!!

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    1. I think if you ever wanted to make a bouquet a little bit unusual, some kangaroo paw would go a long way :)

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  4. very cool! thanks fee ( and wiki!) :)

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  5. They are very unusual and beautiful! I love their name! xo

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  6. Hi Fee,

    I love the sweet kangaroo paw and neat that it comes in different colours and thanks for showing us.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  7. great choice! very Australian! I love that the bloom is a little but furry too.

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    1. Makes it that little bit more odd and awesome :)

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  8. Just by the name I would say this is native from Australia! :) So nice to learn about a flower I didn't know about, so so cool, thanks!

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  9. That's such a beautiful image. I love the contrast between the reds and the blues!

    p.s. Wikipedia is the best ;)

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  10. This flower seems so peculiar :D love the color!

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