Posts Tagged ‘swainsona formosa’
Many thanks to Jade for letting me know about the Sturt Peas at Copenhagen Way. They’re simply growing at the front of a house across red dirt and driveways. I was very excited as it included 3 types of colouring – black on red, red on red and the rare all pink. I’ve never seen the all pink variety before (apart from photos) and here it was just growing on a driveway!
Apparently Sturt Peas can also come in dark pink, all white and apricot colours, none of which I’ve actually seen in real life. But I’ve now got heaps of photos of the pink variety so thanks again Jade.
The Swainsona Formosa or Sturt Pea is notorious in the Pilbara and is often a symbol of various organisations (Newman Senior High School for example). Ironically I haven’t found one outside of Newman town and wonder how common it was before Newman was settled. Most people think of the Sturt Pea having a black nub and red leaves. This is the coastal variety and not indigenous to the area. The inland variety has a red nub and red leaves. The image below shows the inland variety.
Sturt Peas can be found around town including at the Eco Village, some parts of the new LIA, near the welcome sign and in private gardens.If anyone sees the very rare white variety, please let me know.
It’s wildflower season and blossoms are out. You have to admire the indigenous wildflowers – very hardy. The new drain near the Visitors Centre is only blue metal and some Pilbara red dirt. But Sturt Peas (Swainsona Formosa) are flourishing. The image below shows the blue metal rocks that the plants are growing on.
1/800 sec @ F6.3 ISO200 focal length 160 mm