Thursday, 21 June 2012


Swainsona formosa, Sturt's Desert Pea, is an Australian plant in the genus Swainsona, named after English botanist Isaac Swainson, famous for its distinctive blood-red leaf-like flowers, each with a bulbous black centre, or "boss". It is one of Australia's best known wildflowers. It is native to the arid regions of central and north-western Australia, and its range extends into all mainland Australian states with the exception of Victoria.

The plant flowers from spring to summer, particularly after rain. There is a natural pure white form, as well as hybridised varieties which can have flowers ranging from blood scarlet, to pink and even pale cream, with variously coloured central bosses. Flowers are bird-pollinated in the wild. The fruit is a legume, about 5 centimetres long, and each yields 50 or more flat, kidney-shaped seeds at maturity Most forms of the plant are low-growing or prostrate, however in the Pilbara region of north-western Australia varieties growing as tall as 2 metres have been observed.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


  1. Niesamowity o piękny kwiat i oczywiście jego zdjęcie. Pozdrawiam.
    Amazing for a beautiful flower, and of course his picture. Yours.

  2. Even if i know it, i haven't seen it in person while in Australia.

  3. Beautiful and interesting flower, I've never see them.

  4. What an unusual flower! Love the contrast of the red and black. Beautiful shot! :-)

  5. That really is an unusual flower! I have never seen anything like that one! Beautiful shot!

  6. How unusual and exotic. :-) Pardon me, but they look like little alien faces to me. :-))

    Best regards,


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