Common Blue Poppy
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Common Blue Poppy
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Common name: Common Blue Poppy
Botanical name: Papaver simplicifolium    Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Synonyms: Meconopsis simplicifolia, Stylophorum simplicifolium

Common blue poppy is characterized by small, solitary flowers on leafless stems. The plant get 30-70 cm high, brownish bristly throughout; stem bases clothed with rufous-bristly persistent leaf sheaths; taproots slender, elongated. Leaves are all basal, inverted-lanceshaped, spoon-shaped, or elliptie-lanceshaped, long-attentuate at base, blunt or somewhat pointed at tip, 4-15 x 1-3 cm, entire or with a few teeth or shallow rounded lobes on margins; leaf-stalks 0.5-25 cm long. Flowers are solitary, nodding on 5-70 cm long, 1-5 flowering stems arising from rosette leaves; flower-stalks densely bristly. Sepals broadly oblong, blunt, 20-25 x 10-12 mm, rufous bristly. Petals 5-9, obovate, 25-50 x 15-30 mm, blue or purple. Filaments 8-20 mm long, coloured as petals; anthers about 2 mm long. Ovary ellipsoid or oblong; styles slender with stout capitate stigmas. Common Blue Poppy is found in the Eastern Himalayas, from Nepal to NE India, at altitudes of 3300-5300 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed beyond Tsomogo Lake, Sikkim.

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