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STURT DESERT PEAS TO FLOURISH

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6 September 2010

The Flinders Ranges are set to enjoy one of the best wildflower seasons for many years following recent record rains.

Heavy rain that set in late afternoon of Friday 3 September continued into the night and by 9am the next morning, many 24 hour records had been broken.

Official 24 hour recordings include the following:

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Site Rain in mm Previous Previous date Years of records
Hawker 53.8 46.7 6 Set 1892 127
Blinman 117.0 86.1 6 Sep 1892 128
Parachilna (Motpena) 39.0 35.0 3 Sep 2005 42
Leigh Creek 97.6 33.8 3 Sep 2005 25
Beltana Roadhouse 66.2 33 3 Sep 2005 25
Erudina 57.8 38.1 25 Sep 1926 98
The Sturt Desert Pea, the native flower which  excites the senses of not only the locals but the many thousands of visitors to the region, have been growing well this year. Lovely specimens and sometimes in quite extensive numbers are visible mainly to the east of the ranges in the Martin's Well area and further north in Wearing Gorge and Chambers Gorge. They are also growing in the Parachilna area.

Many other flowers, both on the ground and on native shrubs are there to enjoy - and it should only get better in the weeks to come.


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