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Eschscholzia glyptosperma Greene

Desert 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
GenusEschscholziaNamed after Dr. Johann Friedrich Gustav von Eschscholtz (1793-1831), a Latvian or Estonian surgeon, entomologist and botanist who came with the Russian expeditions to the Pacific coast in 1816 and 1824
SpeciesglyptospermaFrom glypto, “to carve,” and sperma, in compound words signifying “seeded,” thus “carved-seeded,” the ashen-gray globose seeds being coarsely pitted

About plant names...

This desert poppy is a native of the Mojave, Sonoran, and portions of the Colorado Deserts.

Identification: Plants are about 8-10" (20-25 cm) high. Foliage at the base is blue- or gray-green in color. Bright yellow bowl-shaped flowers, resembling buttercups, are about 1" (2.5 cm) across, with a single flower per stem. They occur on bare stems (that is, they are scapose.) Compare these to Eschscholzia parishii, whose stems are not bare.

Online References:

Curtis Clark’s site at California State Polytechnic University


Bird and Hike

Wikimedia Commons

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Jepson Manual

SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network



Eschscholzia glyptosperma description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Eschscholzia glyptosperma (desert poppy)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cali­fornia
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Eschscholzia glyptosperma (desert poppy)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cali­fornia
≈ 11 × 7" (28 × 18 cm)


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