I take great delight in surprising some of my readers - perhaps not the Ozzie ones this time as they might have heard of them, but for all you others out there you might wonder why on earth I am writing about kangaroo paws.
They are the floral symbol of Western Australia and yes they are a plant and not an animal !
What I found totally amazing in visiting King's park in Perth was that there was no limit to the colours of kangaroo paws - a veritable fashion show of the paws in their brightly coloured outfits.
They are endemic to WA and are perennials that attract lots of birds. The tubes are coated with dense hair and they are open at the apex with six claw- like structures which has given them the name "Kangaroo Paw."
Here are some of the many I encountered in the park: