Sturt’s Desert Pea (described as Clianthus formosus) was adopted as the floral emblem of the state of South Australia on 23 November 1961.
The name ’Sturt’s Desert Pea’ was given in honour of Captain Charles Sturt (1795-1869) the British explorer.
The Pea will grow only when the conditions are perfect. They can be found on the open plains and in the arid woodlands in the Northern Territory and all mainland states of Australia, except Victoria.
They are very distinctive and are one of Australia’s best known wildflowers.
The Desert Pea is protected in South Australia.

Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1

winner of the Spring in the Outback Challenge in the Australian Bush group, October 2010

Featured in The Australian Bush group, October 2010

Featured in Far West and Central NSW June 2011

I love being a tourist in my own country; the unique flora and fauna, the wonderful people, the striking vivid colours. Photography has opened up my country to me. I try to get out into it & photograph it as often as I can. Access to the great Australian outback is within easy reach of everyone! I hope you take the time to view some of my photos & I hope that they inspire you to go for a drive on the weekend and see what you can see.

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  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 4 years ago

    Great shot,nice backdrop too!!

  • thanks Lance! I have never seen the Sturts Pea growing in the wild, and it blew me away to (almost) being speechless – they were growing everywhere! A sight I will never forget :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 4 years ago

    Just stunning Paula.

  • thanks so much Gabrielle! This is one of my favourite shots because of the rarity of seeing these plants in the wild :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your ‘Spring in the Bush – Challenge’ Win :-)

  • thankyou very much Carol! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture. Congratulations

  • thanks Bubbleblue! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • elphonline
    elphonlineover 4 years ago


  • many thanks! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 4 years ago
    Excellent image Paula, I like the selective focus. Congratulations on your win in the challenge.
  • thanks so much Terry! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 4 years ago

    A beautiful shot Paula.

  • many thanks Al! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanover 4 years ago

    Congratulations Paula on your challenge win and lovely work. Tony

  • thanks Tony! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Mike Arnott
    Mike Arnottabout 4 years ago

    Magnificent image of such a fine specimen Paula. It is a delight to see my favourite wildflower captured in all it’s glory.

  • thanks Mike! My aunty (who lives in Broken Hill) said that they are still flowering in their thousands…a magnificent sight for sure!

    – Paula McManus

  • Wilhelmina
    Wilhelminaabout 4 years ago

    I’ve heard of these plants. Beautiful red colour mixed in this the greens and the browns.

  • thanks Wilhelmina! I had never seen these in the wild before and it was so exciting! :)

    – Paula McManus

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