Poppy or Meconopsis?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by beautifulbotany, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. beautifulbotany

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    I photographed this plant in British Columbia in May several years ago and it's
    been lying in a "needs an i.d." box ever since. I think it's either Meconopsis or
    Papaver, but can't locate it in my reference books. Any thoughts?
     

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  2. Ralph Walton

    Ralph Walton Active Member 10 Years

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    I'll go with papaver somniferum.

    Ralph
     
  3. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Papaver rhoeas or similarly built one. Without flowers you will have trouble being sure. P. somniferum has a single main stalk like with lettucelike, bloomy, clammy, not esp. hairy leaves all the way up; the flowers are borne on comparatively short stems together at the top of the main stalk.
     
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    No, it's not either one of those. I've photographed lots of corn poppy (P. rhoeas) and opium poppy (P. somniferum). This has a more rigid stem and the flowers are small and nodding.
     
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    Like I said, "or a similarly built one." What do the flowers look like? If they are orange then it would be one of the P. atlanticum types (several similar species are cultivated).
     
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    Well, a sharp-eyed horticulturist at Annie's Annuals in Calif. pointed
    out that there are two plants in the picture, a budded poppy of some
    kind in front and behind it -- the one I was hoping to i.d. -- is water
    avens, Geum rivale. I hadn't heard of it but looked it up and confirmed
    that that's what it is. Thanks to all.
     
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    Well, I wondered if you were asking about the Geum at the start. No, that definitely doesn't look like a shirley poppy. And it's not a straight G. rivale either, it's a garden form or hybrid with larger petals and more of them.
     
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    I would guess oriental poppies. The one with the purple flowers I would agree with Geum.
     
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    The purple flower looks somewhat like potentilla "Miss Wilmott"
     
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