Desert pea - an Ausie icon

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14MAN02 on January 24, 2009

Nice picture, greetings from germany!

GasGasL€X on October 1, 2011

Nicely found, are these the Sturt desert pea?

.Tad on October 2, 2011

Yes, and it is abundant in this area. Though, is not realy in the Sturt desert.

FoxLex on May 23, 2013

Hi ! It is possible to eat and make it a salad? It is not poisonous?

FoxLex on May 23, 2013

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swainsona_formosa

FoxLex on May 23, 2013

Australian Aborigines eat the roasted seeds, or make cakes by grinding the seeds and then baking them. However, the seeds contain trypsin inhibitors. Because trypsin is an essential enzyme which breaks down proteins during digestion, these seeds may not be an ideal source of nourishment.

Swainsona formosa was adopted as the South Australian floral emblem in 1961, and is an iconic flower in Australia. Its flowers are used for decoration by Australian Aborigines, and it appears in both traditional and more modern artwork. It is often photographed and has featured in prose and verse, and appears in some Aboriginal legends.

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