Prickly Poppy   
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Prickly Poppy
aturalized Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Prickly Poppy
Botanical name: Papaver argemone    Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Synonyms: Cerastites macrocephala

Prickly Poppy is an annual herb, 10-50 cm tall. Stem is erect or flexuous, simple or branched from the base, sparsely leafy, and bristly. Lower leaves are long-stalked, 1-2 times cut into narrow segments. Middle and upper leaves short stalked. Dark or bright red flowers are carried on very long stalks. Sepals are sparsely bristly, sometimes hairless. Flowers are 2.5-7 cm across, with obovate to oblong petals which do not overlap, 1.2-3.5 mm long. Sometimes there is a dark spot on the petals towards the base. The head in the center of the flower is narrow inverted-ovoid to cylindrical, bristly, sometimes not bristly. Prickly Poppy is native to Europe and West Asia. It is mostly found as a weed of cultivated areas in Kashmir. Flowering: April-May.

Photographed in Paddar Valley, Jammu & Kashmir.
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