Monday, February 15, 2016

Argemone munita (Prickly Poppy)

8/15/11 Lower elevations of Onion Valley Road, Onion Valley,
Independence Region, Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Inyo County, CA 

7/2/05 Shingle Mill Day Use Area off Hwy. 395, Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

7/5/16 Parker Lake Road off June Lake Loop (SR 158), Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

7/7/16 Green Creek Road, Toiyabe National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

6/14/98 Hwy. 178W to Panamint Springs (> 4,000'), Death Valley National Park

7/8/00 Onion Valley Road, Eastern Sierra, Inyo County, CA


COMMON NAME: Prickly Poppy

SPECIES: Argemone munita

FAMILY: Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)


LOCATION: Onion Valley Road, abundant roadside 7,000-8,000' growing alongside Giant Blazing Stars  (Mentzelia laevicaulus), Independence Region, Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest, Inyo County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Annual or perennial herb 6–15 dm; sap generally yellow (rarely red in NCoRH)

Leaf 5–15 cm, ± equally prickly on margins and veins of both surfaces

Flower: petals 25–40 mm; stamens 150–250

Fruit 35–55 mm

Seed 2–2.5 mm

Ecology: Open areas

Elevation: 70–3000 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California (except North Coast), Central Western California, Southwestern California, Great Basin Floristic Province, Desert 

Distribution outside California: n Baja California

Flowering time: Aug

TOXIC but not generally eaten

Horticultural information: DRN, SUN, DRY: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

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