COMMON NAME: California Poppy
FAMILY: Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)
Leaf segments obtuse or acute
Flower: bud erect, acute to long-pointed, glabrous, sometimes glaucous; receptacle obconic; petals 20–60 mm, yellow, bases generally orange-spotted
Fruit 3–9 cm
Seed 1.5–1.8 mm wide, round to elliptic, net-ridged, brown to black
Ecology: Grassy, open areas
Elevation: 0–2000 m.
Bioregional distribution: California Floristic Province, w East of Sierra Nevada, Mojave Desert
Distribution outside California: to s Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, nw Baja California
Flowering time: Feb–Sep
Highly variable (> 90 taxa have been described). Annual plants with entire cotyledons from DMtns have been called subsp. mexicana (Greene) C. Clark; large plants from s SNF have been called E. procera Greene, Kernville poppy. CA state flower.
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