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2011
Papaver aurantiacum
Flowers | Magnoliopsida

Scientific Name - Papaver aurantiacum

Synonyms - Papaver pyrenaicum, Argemone pyrenaica.

Popular names - papavero dorato, pavot des Alpes rhetiques.

Distribution and Habitat - grows on limestone debris and rocky places in alpine and subalpine region.

Description - Perennial species, rhizome short, covered with leaf debris from last year. Leaves in basal rosette, thirsty, hairy, petiole 2-7 cm long, simply pinnate lamina parts, rarely bipennated parties. Strains numerous cespitoase, scapiforme, erect, 5-20 cm, hairy joined thirsty. Nutante before blooming flowers, and erect, 4-5 cm in diameter. Sepals 2, obsolete, thirsty furry. Petals 4, yellow opposite. Yellow stamens filiform filaments. Blooms in July and August. Obovata fruit capsule, about 1 cm long, longitudinal ribs, rigid and often hairy.

Curiosity - the genus name Papaver, derived from celticul 'papa' = baby food, because food is mixed with the juice of the poppy to sleep.

pictures were made on Mount Faverghera in northern Italy.

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