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Papaver somniferum L. subsp. somniferum Family Papaveraceae
Common name: Opium Poppy

Papaver somniferum subsp. somniferum L. APNI*

Description: Glaucous or subglaucous annual to 1 m or more high.

Basal leaves to 12 cm long, slightly lobed, cordate, glaucous or sub-glaucous.

Peduncle hairy or sparsely hairy. Petals 4–8 cm long, pink with a purple spot at the base.

Capsule 15–50 mm diam., dehiscing by pores or indehiscent, with 7–9 stigmatic rays.


Distribution and occurrence: both cultivated and weedy forms widespread. Native of Asia, Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *NT, *ST, *NWS, *NWP, *SFWP, ?LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Tas. *W.A.
AVH map***

Text by S.W.L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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