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Haemodoraceae is a family of flowering plants that is commonly known as the Bloodwort Family. It is a small family consisting of about 17 genera and approximately 108 known species. These plants are mainly distributed in Australia, but some species can also be found in Africa and the Americas.

The plants in the Haemodoraceae family are perennial herbs that vary in size and growth habits. They can range from small tufted plants to larger rhizomatous or tuberous species. The leaves of Haemodoraceae plants are typically narrow and strap-shaped, arising from the base of the plant or along the stems. Some species have succulent leaves adapted to arid conditions.

One of the distinguishing features of Haemodoraceae plants is their inflorescence. The flowers are usually clustered in dense spikes or heads and can be quite showy and colorful. The flower colors can vary widely, including shades of red, pink, yellow, purple, and white. The flowers are often zygomorphic, meaning they have bilateral symmetry, with distinct petals and sepals. They are pollinated by a variety of insects, including bees and butterflies.

Haemodoraceae plants are adapted to diverse habitats, including sandy soils, wetlands, and heathlands. They are well adapted to the Australian environment, where they often grow in nutrient-poor and harsh conditions. Some species of Haemodoraceae are able to tolerate and even thrive in wet or waterlogged soils.

In terms of cultivation, Haemodoraceae plants are not commonly grown in home gardens or as ornamentals. However, some species, such as Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw), are popular garden plants known for their unique and vibrant flowers. These plants require well-drained soils, and full sun, and are typically suited to warm and Mediterranean climates.

Propagation of Haemodoraceae plants is commonly done through seeds or division of rhizomes or tubers. Some species may also produce offsets or suckers that can be separated and planted as new plants.

While diseases and pests specific to Haemodoraceae plants are not widely reported, general care practices, such as providing adequate drainage and proper watering, can help prevent common issues like root rot. It is always advisable to monitor the plants for any signs of pests or diseases and take appropriate measures if needed.

In conclusion, Haemodoraceae, or the Bloodwort family, is a small family of flowering plants known for their diverse and colorful flowers. These perennial herbs are mainly found in Australia, with a few species occurring in Africa and the Americas. While not commonly cultivated, some species, like Anigozanthos, are popular garden plants. Their adaptability to various habitats and unique floral displays make them an interesting group within the plant kingdom.

Genera in the Haemodoraceae family include:















The Haemodoraceae are a family of perennial herbaceous flowering plants with 14 genera and 102 known species. It is sometimes known as the “bloodroot family”. Primarily a Southern Hemisphere family, they are found in South Africa, Australia, and New Guinea, and in the Americas (from SE United States to tropical South America). Perhaps the best known are the widely cultivated and unusual kangaroo paws from Australia, of the two closely related genera Anigozanthos and Macropidia.

Haemodoraceae Anigozanthos
Red Anigozanthos

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