Sturt's Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa

sturt's desert pea  

This very dramatic pea species is found in many of the desert areas of western and central Australia. A head of 6 or so flowers is clustered atop a stalk; each scarlet-red blossom is about 9 cm (about 4 inches) long.

The plant was first described in 1818. Its common name is in honor of Charles Sturt, an early Australian explorer.

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