Common name: Mexican Poppy, Prickly Poppy
Argemone ochroleuca Sweet APNI*
Description: Erect glabrous annual to 1.5 m high.
Leaves alternate, to 12 cm long, pale green mottled with white, irregularly toothed or lobed, each lobe or tooth ending in a spine.
Petals c. 25 mm long, creamy white to yellow, readily shed.
Capsule 2–4 cm long, ovoid to oblong.
Distribution and occurrence: widespread weed of cultivation. Native of Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *N.T. *S.A. *W.A.
Argemone mexicana L. has sometimes been misapplied to Argemone ochroleuca Sweet.
Text by S.W.L. Jacobs
|N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. ochroleuca|
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