Classic Outback #8

Sturt's Desert Pea

Sturt’s Desert Pea is an iconic flower found in the arid regions of Central Australia. The botanical name is Swainsona Formosa, and it’s the floral emblem of South Australia.

It was first described by the English explorer William Dampier in 1688 when he visited  islands off the coast of north-western Australia. The flower was named after explorer Charles Sturt, who reported seeing large areas of it when on an expedition in search of the Inland Sea in 1844.The blood-red flowers with shiny black centres make it a dramatic sight.


About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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5 Responses to Classic Outback #8

  1. Kev Florence says:

    Magnificent flowers ! Saw them on Canning Stock Route & travelling south of Marble Bar…
    Absolutely beautiful.. Heading north out of The Alice, they were in full bloom along the footpaths in front of commercial buildings in mid July last year..

  2. Lavinia Ross says:

    Those are beautiful flowers, Rob. Nothing quite like it here.

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Well, Lavinia, I wouldn’t be one to skite, but we’ve got a few things here that you won’t find elsewhere. For example, the World Cricket Cup. You no doubt heard how we thrashed the Kiwis in the final. A Kiwi friend claimed it was unfair because they’ve got only 37 registered players to choose from, but I reckon he was pulling my leg — I’m sure they’ve got at least 50. They’d probably do better if they could teach sheep to play cricket — they’ve got a lot of those.

      Anyway, I’m getting off the subject — I agree that the Desert Peas are really pretty.

      • Lavinia Ross says:

        Aye – you certainly do have many unique things there in Australia! I will get to see your country someday. We have a sports rivalry here in Oregon, a much, much smaller scale than the Aussies and the Kiwis, but it certainly does affect traffic flow. The Oregon State University Beavers versus the University of Oregon Ducks. I stay off the major roads during the Ducks vs Beavers games and do not venture into Corvallis or Eugene, depending on where the game is. 🙂

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