Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Ranunculales

Papaveraceae - Poppy family

Exell, A.W. (1960) Papaveraceae Flora Zambesiaca 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 cultivated genera and 3 cultivated taxa.

Bocconia arborea

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

Bocconia L.Description
Macleaya R. Br.Description

Other sources of information about Papaveraceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Papaveraceae
Flora of Caprivi: Papaveraceae
Flora of Malawi: Papaveraceae
Flora of Mozambique: Papaveraceae
Flora of Zambia: Papaveraceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Papaveraceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Papaveraceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Papaveraceae
Wikipedia: Papaveraceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Papaveraceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=164, retrieved 30 October 2020

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