Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Eschscholtzia californica Chamisso subsp. mexicana (Greene) C. Clark
(Mexican Poppy)


Family: Papaveraceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
Eschscholtzia mexicana Greene
Eschscholtzia parvula (Gray) Cockerell

Eschscholtzia californica subsp. mexicana has bright yellow and orange petals and highly dissected gray green leaves. It is an herb that is frequently seen covering entire hillsides at lower elevation in the spring. Members of this family contain commercially important chemicals.



Eschscholtzia californica subsp. mexicana, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Little Bear Canyon, May 5, 2007



Eschscholtzia californica subsp. mexicana, roadside splash of color, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Riverside, April 3, 2009



Eschscholtzia californica subsp. mexicana, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Riverside, April 3, 2009



Eschscholtzia californica subsp. mexicana, linear 10 ribbed capsule and saucer-like receptacle, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Riverside, April 3, 2009



Eschscholtzia californica subsp. mexicana, pollinator, photo Russ Kleinman, Sycamore Canyon near Cliff, March 21, 2010




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