Friday, February 26, 2016

Eschscholzia minutiflora (Little Gold Poppy, Pygmy Poppy)

3/15/19  Desert Lily Sanctuary, Desert Center, Chuckwalla Valley,
E. Riverside County, CA

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

4/3/11 Meccacopia Trail, Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA

 4/3/11 Meccacopia Trail

2/6/05 Box Canyon Road, Mecca Hills, Riverside County, CA

3/22/03 Camp site #13, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Kern County, CA 

3/21/04 Cottonwood Road, south of Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside County, CA 

3/25/01 Jawbone Road, Jawbone Canyon, Kern County, CA 

4/27/01 Trilobite Wilderness (BLM), East Mojave, San Bernardino County, CA


COMMON NAME: Little Gold Poppy, Pygmy Poppy

SPECIES: Eschscholzia minutiflora

FAMILY: Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)


LOCATION: Jawbone Road, Jawbone Canyon OHV area, Kern County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Annual, erect or spreading, 5–35 cm, glabrous, gray- or blue-glaucous

Leaf: segments obtuse

Flower: bud nodding, short-pointed, glabrous, sometimes glaucous; receptacle obconic; petals 3–26 mm, yellow, base sometimes orange-spotted

Fruit 3–6 cm

Seed 1–1.4 mm wide, generally oblong to elliptic, net-ridged, brown to black

Ecology: Desert washes, flats, slopes

Elevation: 0–2000 m.  

Bioregional distribution: East of Sierra Nevada, Desert 

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

Flowering time: Mar–May

Variable. Plants from n&c DMoj with petals 6–18 mm & 2n=24 have been called subsp. covillei (Greene) C. Clark; plants from w DMoj (ne Kern Co.) with petals 10–26 mm & 2n=12 have been called subsp. twisselmannii C. Clark & Faull

Synonyms: E. parishii has been misapplied to the plants called subsp. t

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