White form of the Sturt’s Desert Pea

Presented here is the white form of the Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa).

Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) – white form

Unlike the usual shiny black boss of the inland form, or the pale red boss of the northern form, the images presented here are of the white form of the Sturt’s Desert Pea. There are known hybridised varieties with flowers ranging from scarlet, pink to pale cream. There are also variations in the colour of the central bosses. There are also tri-colour variants.

Sturt’s Desert Pea occurs in all mainland states except Victoria and is also found growing in the southern part of the Northern Territory.

Other colour forms have also been documented, ranging from the usual scarlet red, white, pale to deep pink, and apricot, either with or without a black boss. Although rare, there have been reported a bicoloured form, in which the standard is scarlet and the other petals, the wings and keel, are white tipped and edged with scarlet.

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  • Scientific Classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Order: Fabales
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Subfamily: Faboideae
  • Tribe: Galegeae
  • Genus: Swainsona
  • Species: S. formosa
  • Binomial name: Swainsona formosa

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