Sturt's Desert Pea is South Australia's floral emblem. The plant, Swainsona formosa, is a native of Austrlalia growing in most states. This photo is scanned from a slide which I took about 25 years ago in the northern Flinders Ranges.
It is named after Captain Charles Sturt who discovered it during an exploration expedition in central Australia in 1845 .
Sturt's Desert Pea has been featured on several Australian postage stamps.
The 20 cent stamp was issued in 1968 and the 7 cent stamp in 1971. Wasn't it lucky that I collected stamps back then and was actually able to find them to scan!
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