Date of issue: 7 February 2006
Designer: Lynette Traynor
Engraver: Australia Post Design Studio
Plant: Anigozanthos manglesii
Red and Green Kangaroo Paw
The grey-green leaves are strap-like and up to 40 cm long. The red-stemmed flower spikes may reach 1 m high. Flowers are brilliant forest-green with a red base. A form with orange-red hairs over most of the floral tube and an often branched flower spike is known as A. manglesii ssp. quadrans.
Propagation From seed.Cultivation The red and green kangaroo paw is the floral emblem of Western Australia and in spring is a common sight in bushland around Perth. The fungus Dreschleria irisid causes ‘ink disease’, which blackens leaves and ultimately causes collapse of the plant. Fungicides seem to have limited effect and, because of the ease of propagation from seed, it is suggested that the plant be regarded as having a life of two seasons. Vigour will normally be maintained for this period. Needs full sun and a well-drained, sandy soil. Very prone to snail attack.