Dwarf Green Kangaroo Paw  |  

Anigozanthos viridis subsp. terraspectans

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Anigozanthos viridis subsp. terraspectans, Family Haemodoraceae, also known as Dwarf Green Kangaroo Paw, is a small rhizomatous herb with narrow leaves 5–20 cm long and 0.10.2 mm wide, that are almost semi-circular in cross-section. The flowering stem is 10–15 cm tall and is held at a 45o to 80o angle, with the curved, paw-like flowers opening away from the stalk. On each flower, green in colour, there are 6 lobes which are turned backwards and are covered in feathery hairs on the outside of the perianth. The floral tube is 4.5–6 cm long and 4–5 mm wide, with the narrowest point above the middle. There are six stamens arranged in two rows, with the outer pair lower than the four inner ones. The seeds are greyish-brown. Flowering occurs from August to December. Dwarf Green Kangaroo Paw can be distinguished from Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos viridis subsp. viridis) by its shorter flowering stems and smaller, narrower flowers.

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Anigozanthos viridis subsp. terraspectans

    Dwarf Green Kangaroo Paw occurs in winter wet depressions where it grows on grey sandy clay loam; or grey sand; in low post fire regenerating heath.

    Threats The main threats to Dwarf Green Kangaroo Paw are inappropriate fire regimes and physical disturbance.