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Swainsona formosa

Swainsona formosa

Heather from Adelaide, Australia (aka (heatherw@Flickr) contributed this image of the floral emblem of South Australia via the BPotD Flickr Group Pool (original image). More of Heather's photographs from Wilpena Pound can be seen here. Thanks, Heather!

Sturt's desert pea, Swainsona formosa, was the subject of a recent proposal to reclassify the species as Willdampia formosa (see first paragraph). However, it seems that the general consensus is that the reclassification isn't warranted, based on both morphological and DNA evidence: Willdampia formosa in the Australian Plant Names Index.

Visit Gardening Australia's site to read a more general account of Sturt's desert pea.

Photography / Photoshop resource link: Fake Model Photography, a tutorial by Christopher Phin on how to manipulate images in Photoshop to make the subjects of the photograph appear as if they were miniature models. I tried it out with yesterday's photograph of Pohlia nutans with subpar results, but if it works for you on a botanical image, let me know!


i think that pic is to big and you need more information on other emblems of south australia

The photograph is the standard size we use on Photo of the Day.

As for other emblems of South Australia, this is Botany Photo of the Day - they wouldn't be appropriate.

Realy very good pic, clearly shows all minor details. Good colour combinations of mother nature.

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