Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Papaveraceae - Poppy family

Exell, A.W. (1960) Papaveraceae FZ 1(1)

Description of the family

Herbs or shrubs, with coloured latex which is yellow (Argemone) or orange-brown (Bocconia). Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, deeply divided or lobed. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual, usually hypogynous. Sepals 2-3, caducous. Petals 4-6, in two whorls of 2 or 3, free, falling off early. Stamens numerous. Ovary 1-locular with numerous ovules. Fruit a capsule dehiscing by valves or pores.

Worldwide: 23 genera and 230 species, mostly northern temperate.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 2 taxa.

Argemone mexicana

More sample images from the Papaveraceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Bocconia sp.

Bocconia sp.

Argemone mexicana

Argemone mexicana

Argemone mexicana

Argemone mexicana

Argemone mexicana

Argemone mexicana

Argemone mexicana

Argemone mexicana

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Argemone L.Description, Image
Bocconia L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Papaveraceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Papaveraceae
Flora of Mozambique: Papaveraceae
Flora of Zambia: Papaveraceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Papaveraceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Papaveraceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=164, retrieved 28 November 2014

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