Glaucium Mill.

Greek glaucos—blue-green, referring to the colour of the leaves.

Annual, biennial or perennial, waxy blue herbs. Sap orange. Leaves in basal cluster, pinnately lobed. Flowers solitary, large, yellow to red, occasionally with a dark blotch at the base of each petal. Sepals 2. Petals 4. Stamens many. Fruits a long cylindrical capsule with the seeds buried in soft tissue.

Sometimes grown for the ornamental leaves, fruits and flowers but inclined to become weedy, especially in warmer districts.

Long, horn-like capsules filled with pith.

About 23 species from SW and C Asia and the Mediterranean region.

Cullen (1967).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Papaveraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Ranunculanae
order      Ranunculales
family       Papaveraceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Glaucium flavum Crantz