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30th of August 2021
Wildflowers at the MRO
Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) is the floral emblem of South Australia but, as the image above from the Murchison Radio-astronomy (MRO) Observatory shows, it is found across Australia. In its natural habitat Sturt's Desert Pea is a perennial plant with flowers that are about 10 cm long in clusters of six to eight on short stalks. The plant also occurs on open plains as an ephemeral following heavy rain and is able to withstand the extremes of temperature experienced in inland deserts. Previous ADAPs, including those from July 2015, October 2015, and November 2016, have showcased wildflowers on the MRO site. (Image credit: Kurt Warhurst)

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