Alice Springs Desert Park
Parrot Pea (Crotalaria cunninghamii) at the Alice Springs Desert Park. Also known as the Green Bird Flower, among other names, the Parrot Pea Arrernte name is Alywalywere (pronouced: ail-WEL-yoor-a).
The flowers of the Parrot Pea has a beaked keel that is longer than the wing petals. It is notable for the large greenish yellow pea flowers and large pods. When the seed pods are mature, they make a rattling sound when shaken. The plant has a number of uses by the aboriginal people, including being used as bush medicine.
In the following photo of the Parrot Pea, you can see a bush banana vine winding its way around the stem of the flower.
To see more images, check out our Green Bird Flower.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
- Order: Fabales
- Family: Fabaceae
- Genus: Crotalaria
- Species: C. cunninghamii
- Binomial name: Crotalaria cunninghamii