Sturt's Desert Pea

Published 23 Nov 2016 
about  Boolcoomatta Reserve  
The flower of a Sturt's Desert Pea.<br/> The flower of a Sturt's Desert Pea.

During September we received 104mm of rain at Boolcoomatta Reserve - an area with an annual average of 220 mm.

October we received no rain, and to date, less than 10mm in November. But we're up around 285mm for the year to date, and hope to receive more summer rains to help grass production.

Daily temperatures are now fluctuating between mid to high 20s and low 40s, with strong winds and incredible clouds.

Following the September rains, many flowers emerged, with the beautiful and well-known Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) flowering along the western boundary.

These are native to the arid regions of central and north-western Australia, found in all states with the exception of Victoria.