Australian Botanical prints by artist Maurice Hayler, designed to endure.
Our art is printed with care on Hahnemühle fine art archival paper with archival Epson UltraChrome pigment inks, good for at least 75 years. View all print and mat sizes here.

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Product Code: 160_Sturts_Desert_Pea_flat
Availability: In Stock
$33.00
Ex Tax: $30.00

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Available Options

Our flat prints are printed sheets, trimmed to size, with no mat or backing supplied..
We offer the following sizes:
5″ × 7″ (127mm × 178mm)
8″ × 10″ (203mm × 254mm)
A4 (203mm × 297mm)
You will see these options available via the Available Options radio buttons if in the Flat Prints section of our catalogue, or if you can see ‘Flat’ in the item’s title.

Our matted prints are the same printed sheets, but come with archival mat and backing..
These come in the following sizes:
5″ × 7″ in a white 8″ × 10″ mat (outer dimensions are 203mm × 254mm)
8″ × 10″ in a white 12″ × 14″ mat (outer dimensions are 305mm × 356mm) (please note this is a non-standard size: read more here)
A4 in a white 12″ × 16″ mat (outer dimensions are 305mm × 406mm)
You will see these options available via the Available Options radio buttons if in the Matted Prints section of our catalogue, or if you can see ‘With Mat and Backing’ in the item’s title.

More detailed information about all print and mat sizes is here.


Botanical Information:

Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Swainsona
Species: formosa

Meaning of name:
Swainsona, after Isaac Swainson (1746–1812), an English botanist famous for his botanical garden
formosa is from Latin: formosus, shapely, beautiful, handsome. The flowers

The Sturt’s Desert Pea is one of the more famous of Australian wildflowers, and it is the floral emblem of South Australia. Its natural environment is the arid central regions of Australia, and its range covers all the mainland States with the exception of Victoria.

While the plant was first collected by English explorer William Dampier in 1699, its common name comes from the later explorer Charles Sturt, who recorded seeing vast numbers of the flowers during his exploration of the Australian interior in 1844.

The Desert Pea is a prostrate legume that can spread out to about 2m (6.5 feet). The flowers appear from spring to summer, and especially after rain. The coloured spot in the middle of the flower is called the ‘boss’. While the blood-red flower colour with a black boss is the most well-known, there are naturally occurring red types with red or pink bosses, and a naturally occurring pure white form with a white boss as well. Six 8cm flowers are borne on each flower stalk, which turn into hairy pods, each containing about 50 flat, kidney shaped seeds.


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