Definition of Desert pea
1. Noun. Sprawling shrubby perennial noted for its scarlet black-marked flowers; widely distributed in dry parts of Australia.
Generic synonyms: Clianthus, Glory Pea
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Literary usage of Desert pea
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1. More Australian Legendary Tales by Katie Langloh Parker (1898)
"Sturt's desert pea, the Blood Flower GREAT was the talking in the camp one morning of the river tribe, for during the night ..."
2. Austral English: A Dictionary of Australasian Words, Phrases, and Usages by Edward Ellis Morris (1898)
"Sturt's desert pea, n. a beautiful creeper, Clianthus dam- pieri, Cunn., ... appears the beautiful clianthus, known to the colonists as Sturt's desert pea. ..."
3. History of Australia by George William Rusden (1897)
"... which browsed with avidity also on the luxuriant desert pea,15 when the Boundary Dam was reached (3rd Sept.) in lat. 29° 19' 4", long. 128r 38' 16". ..."
4. Cassell's Picturesque Australasia by Edward Ellis Morris (1890)
"There were few trees, little water, and less grass, the only thing of beauty they saw being the desert-pea, then in full flower, and seeming to them in the ..."
5. Cassell's Picturesque Australasia by Edward Ellis Morris (1888)
"... thing of beauty they saw being the desert-pea, then hi full flower, and seeming to them in the midst of this barren desert a flower of unutterable ..."
6. Journal of Botany, British and Foreign (1867)
"... like in a few other leguminous plants, the deleterious properties are strongly concentrated in the seed. The gorgeous desert pea (Clianthus ..."