Friday, February 26, 2016

Eschscholzia glyptosperma (Mojave Poppy, Desert Gold Poppy)

3/8/03 Box Canyon Road (north of Sheep Hole Oasis trail), 
Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA 

2/6/05 Meccacopia Trail, Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA

3/25/05 Gravelly wash off Hwy. 178 1 mile west of Shoshone, 
just outside boundary to Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, CA

3/4/17 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA


COMMON NAME: Mojave Poppy, Desert Gold Poppy

SPECIES: Eschscholzia glyptosperma

FAMILY: Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)


LOCATION: Box Canyon Road (north of Sheep Hole Oasis trail), Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA 


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Annual, erect, 5–25 cm, glabrous, sometimes glaucous

Leaves basal; segments acute

Inflorescence: flower 1

Flower: bud generally nodding, acute, glabrous, sometimes glaucous; receptacle obconic; petals (10)12–25 mm, yellow

Fruit 4–7 cm

Seed 1.2–1.8 mm wide, round, minutely pitted, tan to brown

Ecology: Desert washes, flats, slopes

Elevation: 50–1500 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Desert 

Distribution outside California: to s Nevada, sw Utah, w Arizona

Flowering time: Mar–May

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