Common Poppy   
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Common Poppy
ntroduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Common poppy, Field poppy, Corn poppy, Khas-Khas ख़स-ख़स (Hindi), Kaba (Manipuri)
Botanical name: Papaver rhoeas    Family: Papaveraceae (poppy family)

The common poppy is a familiar wild flower, which has long been a symbol of death and rebirth, and is worn in many countries on Remembrance Day in order to commemorate those who lost their lives during warfare. The vibrant blood red large solitary flowers, 5-10 cm across, are supported by hairy stalks; the rounded petals are broader than they are long, and often have a dark spot at the base. Poppy flowers are found wild in grain fields and along roadsides and highways. Pink or white flowers may also occur. The stamens consist of violet coloured anthers borne on purplish-black filaments, and the stigma is a flattened disk with 8-14 rays. The branching stems are covered with stiff hairs, and the leaves are narrow and divided into toothed segments. The fruit is in the form of a capsule, capped by a disk; the small brown seeds are released via holes that open below the disk. Corn poppy is the source of the familiar poppy seeds used in baking.

Photographed in Nehru Park, Delhi.
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