Sturt pea: a most splendid plant.

Sturt pea: a most splendid plant. David Symon, Manfred Jusaitis.
Sturt pea: a most splendid plant.

Adelaide: Board of the Botanic Gardens & State Herbarium, 2007. Quarto, dustwrapper, colour photographs.

Sturt pea is one of the world's most striking and spectacular flowering plants. This richly illustrated book, full of interest for the general reader, covering:
- the discovery of the Sturt pea by William Dampier and subsequent explorers and explorer-botanists like Charles Sturt and Allan Cunningham and its complex history of names in science and the common parlance;
- its wide variety of colour forms, its cultivation which has been a difficult experience adding to the mystique of the plant, and progress to gaining a hold in the cutflower trade;
- and its place in Aboriginal culture (amazingly seemingly limited), in our popular and institutional culture (all sorts of ephemera, our SA State Coat of Arms, ethnic group banners), and in our art, prose and poetry. Also available in paperback [stock id 26085].

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