Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

Stuarts Desert Pea - Swainsona formosa

One of Australias most unique plants is the Stuarts Desert Pea, known for its bright blood red colour and black centre. These plants have a few other surprising attributes as well.

The Desert pea has been known over the years by many names; however, its growth in the arid regions around Australia is quite spectacular. On a hot day, you can see it growing. This is one of the fastest plants to grow and in no time at all, it has flowered and is back to normal. In Arid regions, this is very advantageous as its either a flood or very dry for long periods of time. So it makes sense to have this type of the attribute in this region.

Another surprise is, that in the Ularu region the centre of the flower is red and not black. I am not sure of the reason for this as of yet but it is interesting to know that there are other species and variants in Australia.

I have been looking for a healthy plant for months, and I finally found one today. Funnily enough, today's picture was taken about 300m from my home in the red centre.

Tags: australian plants, stuarts desert pea, swainsona formosa
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