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Family: Papaveraceae
Papaver argemone

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 506 (1753).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Long prickly-headed (or pale) poppy.

Diffuse rosette with the erect inflorescence often much branched so that the plant becomes a shrublet to 40 cm high, covered with more or less spreading fine hairs; basal leaves with a petiole 2-5 mm long (about half as long as the leaf), 4-12 cm long, with the blade oblanceolate, bipinnatisect with narrowly linear lobes; cauline leaves petiolate to sessile, with the blade lanceolate to ovate, 2-8 cm long, usually bipinnatisect.

Pedicels covered with erect to appressed fine hairs; sepals with few fine hairs; petals red, usually with a dark spot at the base.

Capsule narrowly obconical and about three times longer than broad, with the few bristles towards the apex appressed at first but later more or less spreading; seed pale-brown, with a reticulate pattern in rows.

image of FSA1_Papaver_arg.jpg Papaver argemone
Image source: fig 204b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Hegi (1913) Illustrierte Flora von Mittel-Europa 4, 1:t. 123.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR.   Native of southern Europe but now widespread on that continent as a weed of cultivation.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: mid — Oct.

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