Scientific Name:
Papaver hybridum L.
Vernacular Name(s):
Prickly-headed poppy; Rough poppy

Annual herb; rosette tufted; stems decumbent to ascending, hispid, (2)–10–20–(60) cm tall. Lvs ± glaucous, (2)–6–10–(15) × (1)–3–6 cm, the lower long-petiolate, the upper subsessile. Lamina broadly ovate to triangular, cuneate at base, usually deeply 2–3-pinnatisect, covered with inconspicuous short stiff hairs and/or longer hairs especially on midrib beneath. Pedicels 5–15–(20) cm long, with appressed hairs. Sepals densely hispid, 5–10 × 3–10 mm. Petals red, 1–2.5 × 1–2.5 cm, with dark blotch at base. Capsule ellipsoid, widest near 1/2 way, ribbed, (4)–10–15 × (2)–5–8 mm, covered with dense, pale, spreading, stiff, bristly hairs. Stigmatic disc c. 1/2 width of capsule, conic; rays 4–8.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Oct.–Dec.–(Jan.); Fruiting: Oct.–Dec.–(Jan.)