Not Quite Speechless Sunday: Kangaroo or Cat's Paws!

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Pictured above is the Kangaroo AKA Cat's Paw plant.  It originates from Western Australia and his drought tolerant.  It stores water in its root (rhizome system).  I spotted these when we were at Island View Nursery in Carpinteria yesterday morning.


Here is a fascinating description of the plant's habits on the way they make sure to keep the competition at bay from the Spruce .


"As with all flowers, the kangaroo paw plant has developed its procreative anatomical structure to sound the siren to specific pollinators; in this case, honey-eater birds.

In spite of the similar appearance of the different kangaroo species, each flower species cleverly deposits its pollen on a different part of the visiting bird’s head, ensuring that the precious genetic material won’t get wasted on a competing kangaroo paw species."


Happy Sunday and we wish you a Great Week ahead!

Ron & Alexandra

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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I love the colors of the Kangaroo plant, and that is definitely interesting about the pollen. Thanks for sharing!

Apr 14, 2019 03:14 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Alexandra. I love these beautiful flowers as shown morning Al. I always learn from you.

Apr 14, 2019 03:34 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  Alexandra and Ron - I have enjoyed "kangaroo's paw" plants in the garden over the years. 

Apr 14, 2019 05:15 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Another new plant/flower you've introduced me to, Alexandra. And the colors are quite striking.

Apr 14, 2019 05:22 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

What a fascinating name and story to accompany that lovely plant, Alexandra!  It made me think of my friend, who is of East Indian decent, but was born and raised in Australia.  She sent me a picture of the home she grew up in recently.  It looks out over a landscape that has a tree with at least 5 kangaroos lounging. On the other side is a soccer field that belongs to the high school.  When I worked with her at a software development company several years ago, she would often change into gym shorts during lunch hour and play soccer with the guys.  She also couldn't understand why we weren't closing shop each afternoon to go to the pub. . .Even though she was in America now, she was still keeping Aussie hours.


Apr 14, 2019 05:25 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alexandra. The plant that thinks for itself! Very interesting to say the least. Thanks for the tip! Enjoy your day!

Apr 14, 2019 05:26 AM #6
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Very beautiful plant and interesting learning about it. Have a super Sunday 

Apr 14, 2019 05:36 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nature is so magnificent. It's just incredible to me how specific these flowers are when it comes to spreading pollen. Thanks for sharing tbe photo and the information. 

Apr 14, 2019 06:40 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this lesson with your photograph.

Have an outstanding week.

Apr 14, 2019 07:11 AM #9
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is crazy how nature works. When we let the earth do its job we are far better off (note to Monsanto).

Apr 14, 2019 07:25 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I find that an interesting way to pollinate.  Those Kangaroo Paws do not look familiar to me.  

Apr 14, 2019 07:43 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Ron and Alexandra, You always come up with great pictures and also knowledge of item to go with the picture.  Good Job!

Apr 14, 2019 08:15 AM #12
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I had never noticed these planbts before, and wonder if it will become an invasive species over time?  So often, Man's best intentions backfire.

Apr 14, 2019 08:38 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have never seen this plant before so thank you for the introduction...

I hope you're having a Sunday worth remembering Alexandra....

Apr 14, 2019 12:43 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ron and Alexandra- that is truly fascinating!!!  There is so much that we don't know about nature that is all around us. 

Apr 14, 2019 03:52 PM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI as far as I know this plant is not invasive.  I think that our area will soon stop with the Eucalyptus trees, and they go up in flames like matchsticks.  I agree with, we should think before doing things like that.  Given our dry conditions, I don't think this one is a problem.  A

Apr 14, 2019 04:06 PM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Myrl Jeffcoat Love, love that picture.  That kangaroo pose is so relaxed and inviting.  Wishing you a great week ahead.  A

Apr 14, 2019 04:07 PM #17
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I'm not familiar with either name but it looks so familiar Ron and Alexandra Seigel I wonder if it has yet another name as well?

Apr 14, 2019 06:01 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Call me a minority but I have never heard of this plant, but loved it immediately, now on a side note I loved your three questions and those are great questions to have answers to, Endre

Apr 14, 2019 10:17 PM #19
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alexandra

I've heard my wife talk about those, we may have some planted in our yard.  I'll ask her once she gets up.

Apr 15, 2019 01:06 AM #20
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