Flower Photo - Kangaroo Paw

@JudyEv (136870)
Bunbury, Australia
February 16, 2016 5:49pm CST
My contribution to the flower photo challenge is this kangaroo paw. These grow in the bush around our place and are now a popular garden flower as well. There is now a variety of hybrids to choose from and several different colours. I like the red-and-green one which is Western Australia's floral emblem. There are also russets, dusky pinks, yellow, orange black and lime green. The flower appears fashioned from suede or velvet and it is hard to resist stroking them. They do resemble the shape of the paw of a kangaroo. The botanical name is Anigozanthos manglesii. The variety pictured has flowers that stand about a metre above the narrow dark green leaves. Don't you think it is striking?
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 16
Yes, it is striking, especially in this new format - photos come out beautifully, don't they?
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
I used to blow up almost every photo as the small ones often left out the detail but there is no need to do that with these larger photos. And the page looks so more attractive too.
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@Lucky15 (33687)
• Philippines
17 Feb 16
Wow. Ma'am this is just so lovely. Like, i am envying you. Haha
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
We are lucky to have these growing wild, aren't we? Australia has some lovely wildflowers.
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@Lucky15 (33687)
• Philippines
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv indeed ma'am. Do they grow in tropics too?
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
@Lucky15 They are endemic to south-west Western Australia so don't grow naturally in the tropics. I don't know if they have been exported to other countries.
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@MarymargII (10697)
• Toronto, Ontario
17 Feb 16
It's gorgeous and almost Christmas colours- I love leaerning and hearing about new flowers and birds. I'll remember this one. And it's a beautiful pic too~
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
I prefer these colours to the other varieties.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
@MarymargII I don't have any personal photos of the other colours. I've gone off using Wikimedia a bit in case I flout their rules. You can't possibly come all that way just for lunch. You really must stay at least a day or two.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 16
@MarymargII You will be my guests. I wouldn't dream of accepting payment. :)
@MALUSE (44615)
• Uzbekistan
17 Feb 16
So the 'spikes' on the leaves are soft?
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
I'm not sure what the spikes are that you're referring to. It doesn't have spikes or thorns as such. If you can see something that looks like spikes then they're relatively soft.
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@MALUSE (44615)
• Uzbekistan
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv I wrote the word 'spikes' in quotation marks. Maybe I should have used the word hairs? Whatever is correct, if you feel like stroking the flower, the thingies must be soft.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
@MALUSE Sorry, I understand now. Yes the petals feel just like suede or velvet - very soft and plush.
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@andriaperry (61129)
• Anniston, Alabama
17 Feb 16
That is beautiful! I want one or a garden full :)
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
They look nice when they are planted in a mass. There is one road near here where they are quite thick and when they all flower it is very pretty.
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@andriaperry (61129)
• Anniston, Alabama
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv I would this so, take us a photo of the mass planting, Please :)
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 16
@andriaperry I've missed the flowering season for this year but I'll remember for next year.
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
17 Feb 16
This is a beautiful flower and new to me, it's the very first time that I see one.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
It is very unusual isn't it? I think this is the prettiest of the various colours.
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv Yes, it is very unusual and I love the bright red and green colors.
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@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
18 Feb 16
What a stunning looking flower, and this is a great photo Judy. I must admit this is the first time I have seen this flower, it is very unusual looking.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Feb 16
It's a beauty isn't it? We have a lot of lovely wildflowers - as does every country I imagine.
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@BelleStarr (39737)
• United States
18 Feb 16
That photo is a stunner. I love the way the flower is so clean and the background fads away, Just wonderful.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 16
Thanks very much. Glad you like it.
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@marlina (79646)
• Canada
17 Feb 16
Love your flower contribution. Had never seen this kangaroo paw flower before. Thanks.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 16
Glad you liked it. It is pretty isn't it? And a bit different.
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@AnneEJ (4978)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
17 Feb 16
That is a beautiful flower and so different. Thanks for sharing
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 16
I'm glad you like it. It is one of my favourites.
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@DeborahDiane (24204)
• Laguna Woods, California
17 Feb 16
What a stunning flower! I would love to have them around here!
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
They are very pretty, aren't they? I've never heard of them being grown in other countries but perhaps they are.
@Elizaby (4087)
• Pensacola, Florida
17 Feb 16
Very interesting and pretty flower
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Thank you. Glad you like it.
@divalounger (2250)
• United States
17 Feb 16
So very pretty!!
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Thank you. I'm glad you like it.
• United States
25 Mar 16
gorgeous!! i'm kinda jealous that'cha got 'em growin' all 'round'ja. i've purchased a few through the years from a local nursery, but they don't survive our winters 'n i've failed to find 'em a 'happy place' indoors. perhaps i'll try yet 'gain this summer? i love the colors 'n textures'f the leaves :D
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 16
I'm a bit surprised that you've been able to buy them. What a pity they don't survive.
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• United States
4 Apr 16
@JudyEv i was plumb tickled when i saw'em't the store 'n bought 2 'f 'em. they did quite well o'er the summer 'n the first few months 'fter i brought 'em indoors fer winter. sadly, they ne'er revived, though i'd given 'em the benefit'f the doubt. i might jest get a wild hair though 'n gimme 't least one this season if'n they're available. such a delightful plant, jest love the soft hairy texture 'n those lovely blossoms.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Apr 16
@crazyhorseladycx Did yours flower or did you buy them in flower? I agree that the texture is lovely.
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• United States
17 Feb 16
That is a stunning flower! I've never seen anything like it. I'm so glad the photo is large and I could study it. Absolutely beautiful!
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
The colours are striking aren't they? Yet when it is in its natural habitat it is quite difficult to pick up for some reason. There isn't much red about anywhere but it is still hard to see.
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• United States
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv So the domesticated plants have the color and size and they grow in clumps or bushes. A mass of them would be beautiful! I wonder if they would grow in Florida?
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 16
@Jeanniemaries I should think they would. I only found one reference to growing them in other countries but it didn't say what countries. Our climate is classed as Mediterranean and similar to parts of California.
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@allknowing (70708)
• India
17 Feb 16
I can believe that. There are so many enchanting blooms found in bushes but soon become exotic in gardens. I have a few like that. I call this tiger claw
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
This is a very pretty flower too - very unusual. I've never seen one like it.
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@allknowing (70708)
• India
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv Even I have never seen what you have uploaded. Nature has a lot of surprises in store.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
@allknowing I guess every country has its special plants. When we went to Singapore we saw some lovely plants there that I had never seen before.
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@Scindhia (1943)
• Chennai, India
17 Feb 16
At first look, it does not look like a flower at all. The name is as unique as the flower. Great information about it. It is indeed striking.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
We are lucky to have some flowering in the bush just beyond our back gate.
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@Scindhia (1943)
• Chennai, India
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv Is it a common flower in your area? This is the first time I'm seeing this.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
@Scindhia Yes, it is what we call a wildflower and flowers each year in our 'bush' or natural environment. They are also grown in gardens now.
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@kevin1877uk (36989)
24 Feb 16
Wonderful photo, don't think I've ever seen one of these before.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Feb 16
We have some unique wildflowers but I guess every country does.
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@kevin1877uk (36989)
2 Mar 16
@JudyEv Yeah I sure every country does, flowers which don't grow in other counties of not so many.
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@SIMPLYD (84624)
• Philippines
19 Feb 16
It is an interesting flower , considering that it's name if Kangaroo Paw . I suppose those flowers look like a kangaroo paw . I forgot how their paws are though .
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Feb 16
I'll attach a photo.
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@SIMPLYD (84624)
• Philippines
19 Feb 16
@JudyEv No wonder , that flower is called Kangaroo Paw .
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@moffittjc (46172)
• Gainesville, Florida
17 Feb 16
That is a very beautiful--and unique--flower! I love it!
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Thank you. It's a bit different from a daisy isn't it? :)
@moffittjc (46172)
• Gainesville, Florida
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv Just a little bit different! haha
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