Himalayan Woodland Poppy
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Himalayan Woodland Poppy
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Woodland Poppy
Botanical name: Cathcartia villosa    Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Synonyms: Meconopsis villosa, Papaver cathcartia

Himalayan Woodland Poppy is a perennial herb, 40-80 cm tall, sparsely branched, covered with soft hairs. Pinnately lobed leaves, 5-11 cm, are composed of rounded lobes and toothed, slightly hairy. Flowers arise solitary and terminal, 5-7 cm across, with yellow petals 2.5 cm, 3 cm wide, with yellow stamens. Capsules are cylindrical 9 cm long. Himalayan Woodland Poppy is found in Eastern Himalayas, from eastern Nepal to Bhutan and Sikkim, on rocky slopes, forests, at altitudes of 2700-4200 m.

Identification credit: H.B. Naithani, Krishan Lal Photographed beyond Tsomgo lake, Sikkim.

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