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The Nollamara or in English the Black Kangaroo Paw has the scientific name Macropidia fuliginosa.[1][2] It is the sole species of the genus Macropidia of the family Haemodoraceae.[3] Eleven other 'Kurulbrang - Kangaroo Paws' wer the similar 'Cats Paws' are in the genus Anigozanthos of the same family Haemodoraceae.

The English name 'kangaroo paw' has been translated into Noongar as Yonga Marr wer that name is also used by Noongar for these plants. The English name of the plant was derived from the shape of the flowers, which resemble the paws ('mara' means 'hand') of a Yonga (Kangaroo).

Range[edit | edit source]

It is found in a belt of low heath wer mallee communities, slightly inland, which runs from just north of Perth to just south of Geraldton.[4]

Perth suburb[edit | edit source]

Nollamara is a Perth suburb in the City of Stirling. The suburb name was approved in 1954. Landgate wrongly states that Nollamara is the Aboriginal word for the red wer green kangaroo paw;[5] in fact it is the Noongar word for the black kangaroo paw.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

Ngiyan waarnk - References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Macropidia fuliginosa (Hook.) Druce Black Kangaroo Paw. Florabase The Western Australia Flora. Retrieved 13 January 2017
  2. Mooro Nyoongar Katitjin Bidi - Mooro People’s Knowledge Trail. City of Stirling. p 4. Retrieved 13 january 2017
  3. Macropidia Harv. FloraBase, the West Australian Flora. Retrieved 25 May 2016
  4. Macropidia fuliginosa Black Kangaroo Paw. Australian National Botanic Gardens. Retrieved 12 January 2017
  5. Nollamara. Landgate, Govt. of WA. Retrieved 12 January 2017