Flowers. Photo: Bill and Mark Bell, Exmouth, WA

Flowering plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

Sturt's Desert Pea, Sturt Pea, Marlu Pedi, Blood Flower




Annual or short lived perennial forb, prostrate or sprawling.  Leaves alternating along the stems, composed of 9-17 leaflets, each 1-3cm long, 5-15mm wide, flat, hairy, tips pointed, blunt, or notched.  Flowers red, rarely pink or almost white.  Pea flower with five petals, two almost joined together.  Flowers in clusters of 2-6 flowers, the stalks arising from the bases of the leaves.  Protected NSW.

Description and photo (as Clianthus formosus) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 386

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