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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Papaver somniferum   FAMILY Papaveraceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Papaver somniferum   FAMILY Papaveraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 085-05-001:
Papaver somniferum   FAMILY Papaveraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Papaver somniferum

 

COMMON NAME:
Opium Poppy, Breadseed Poppy


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image of Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppy, Breadseed Poppy

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_paso2_001_lvd

        

image of Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppy, Breadseed Poppy

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_papaver_somniferum1

November    Juan Fernandez Is.    Chile

Plants glabrate, glaucous. Leaf margins usually shallowly to deeply toothed, per Flora of North America.

image of Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppy, Breadseed Poppy

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_papaver_somniferum2

November    Juan Fernandez Is.    Chile

Unknown in the wild, cultivated for centuries as the source of opium, per Flora of North America.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Papaver somniferum   FAMILY Papaveraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Papaver somniferum   FAMILY Papaveraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 085-05-001:
Papaver somniferum   FAMILY Papaveraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Papaver somniferum

 

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4256

Forb
Annual

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe & Asia Minor

Documented growing wild in - NC -

Waif(s)

Look for it in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate
Basal & lower stem lvs petiolate; upper stem lvs sessile (sometimes clasping).

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
White, pink, red, or purple often with dark or pale basal spot
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical, or nearly so
2-merous
2-3 sepals
4 petals
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

Flowers solitary, terminal

FRUIT:
Capsule

 

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