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Argemone munita

Prickly poppy

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderPapaveralesA group that includes buttercups and other poisonous plants
FamilyPapaveraceaePoppy family
GenusArgemoneFrom the Greek argemos, “a white spot (cataract) on the eye,” which this plant was once supposed to cure. David Hollombe adds the following: “The Greek Argemone is Papaver argemone. Linnaeus ‘recycled’ the name for the American genus. I have read stories of our Argemone being used medicinally in place of P. argemone in India, resulting in glaucoma because of the differing alkaloids in the two plants.”

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Argemone munita description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Argemone munita (prickly poppy)

5/31/2009 · Marble Canyon, Ari­zona
≈ 19 × 15" (47 × 38 cm)