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Swainsona formosa (G.Don) Joy Thomps.
Sturt's Desert Pea
Some of these plants were in the middle of the road at Emu, site of the nuclear testing.This is the floral emblem of South Australia and was previously classified as Clianthus formosus. They form a beautiful display.
     
  Swainsona formosa Swainsona formosa
 
  Description:Flowers Description:Plant on roadside
  Location: Gary Junction Rd, Western Australia Location: Gary Junction Rd, Western Australia
  GPS coordinates:23˚04.114S, 128°35.801E GPS coordinates:23˚04.114S, 128°35.801E
  Date of photo: 3 July 2014 Date of photo: 3 July 2014
  Field No.: 2554 Field No.: 2554
     
Swainsona formosa Swainsona formosa
 
  Description:Flowers Description:Pods
  Location: Gary Junction Rd, Western Australia Location: Gary Junction Rd, Western Australia
  GPS coordinates:23˚04.114S, 128°35.801E GPS coordinates:23˚04.114S, 128°35.801E
  Date of photo: 3 July 2014 Date of photo: 3 July 2014
  Field No.: 2554 Field No.: 2554
     
  Swainsona formosa Swainsona formosa
 
  Description:Plant in habitat Description:Flowers
Location: Gary Junction Rd, Western Australia Location:Emu, Anne Beadell H-way,South Australia
  GPS coordinates:23˚04.114S, 128°35.801E GPS coordinates:28˚44.584S 132˚21.560E
  Date of photo: 3 July 2014 Date of photo: 9 August 2012
  Field No.: 2554 Field No.: 1178
     
  Swainsona formosa Swainsona formosa
 
Description:Plant Description:Plant
  Location: Emu, Anne Beadell Highway, South Australia Location:Emu, Anne Beadell Highway, South Australia
  GPS coordinates:28˚44.584S 132˚21.560E GPS coordinates:28˚44.584S 132˚21.560E
  Date of photo: 9 August 2012 Date of photo: 9 August 2012
  Field No.: 1178 Field No.: 1178
     
 
References (accessed 3 August 2017):

Thompson, J., (1993) A revision of the genus Swainsona (Fabaceae). 
Telopea 5(3): 427-581

http://anpsa.org.au/s-formos.html

http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2011/swainsona-formosa.html 


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Swainsona formosa