Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4256

Forb
Annual
Has milky sap (latex)

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe & Asia Minor
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Waif(s)

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

map
To see a detailed map, click here

 

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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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 (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


Click or hover over the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

image of Papaver somniferum

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

        

image of Papaver somniferum

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_papaver_somniferum1

November    Juan Fernandez Is.    Chile

Plant glabrous glaucous; [upper] leaves clasping, coarsely irregularly dentate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Papaver somniferum

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.