On Sat, 15 May 2004 14:07:42 GMT, "Cereus-validus"
I'm curious, what makes something a "true poppy"? I thought that term
could apply to anything in papaveraceae.
Side note, yesterday I saw a bunch of what I believe to be California
poppies, E. californica, with blooms about the size of a penny, very
small. It was in a serpentine area, probably the cause of the small
True poppies are in the genus Papaver.
The opium poppy are Papaver somniferum.
The common red poppy, also known as Flander's field poppy, that edible poppy
seeds come from is Papaver rhoeas.
Any other genus in the family Papaveraceae are not true poppies.
The California poppy is in the genus Eschscholtzia. The wild Eschscholtzia
you saw was probably a different species from the widely grown
E.californica. There are several species in the genus, especially in the
Southwestern US and Mexico.
On Sat, 15 May 2004 18:06:59 GMT, "Cereus-validus"
I was thinking the presence of the receptacle rim was indicative of E.
californica, maybe not. I didn't have my calipers along, nor did I
have the book to check, Not that important to me now anyway. Maybe
it was E. hypecoides. Jepson calls that the San Benito Poppy, and
that's where I was, San Benito.
E. californica grows by itself quite commonly around here, here being
California. Anything else seems unusual by comparison.
The only poppy that is illegal that I know of is the species
Papaveraceae, Papaver Somniferum L. native to southeastern Europe and
western Asia. Opium is gathered from the immature seed pods
a week or so after flowering. The pods are cut with a knife and
the latex sap is collected for the opium. Supposably the fully
developed seeds are not narcotic but recent tests have proven that to be
false. Very sensitive urine tests have detected the opium component of
In fact it is now know that all poppies will produce opium though in
much smaller amounts than the Papaver Somniferum.
Poppies are not illegal to be grown in the United States however
the seed and the plant of Papave Somniferum has been banned for import.
"Brigitte J." wrote:
I saw a photo from a trip to WDC and around some of the groverment
building, that very same flower was growing and blooming like mad. The
trip the guy took was last year, so I have to wonder if they are there
this year or not.
The Calif. poppy in navie to the west cost and not very useable.
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