Nodding Little Poppy
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Nodding Little Poppy
A Native Unknown Photo: Naina Palria
Common name: Nodding Little Poppy, Nodding Hypecoum
Botanical name: Hypecoum pendulum    Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Synonyms: Hypecoum procumbens, Hypecoum tetragonum, Hypecoum parviflorum

Nodding Little Poppy is an annual, prostrate to erect, almost hairless herb, 5-30 cm long. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils or at branch-ends, in 2-4-flowered cyme, carried on 1-4 cm long flower-cluster-stalk. Flowers are 8-12 mm across, yellow; flower-stalk 0.5-1.2 cm long; involucral bracts linear, 5-8 mm long. Sepals are ovate, almost blunt to pointed, 2-2.5 mm long, 1.5-2 mm broad, entire or shallowly cut at the margin. Outer petal is rhomboid, elliptic or somewhat trilobed to trilobed, 8-12 mm long, 5-7 mm broad; inner 2 petals are deeply 3 lobed, 6-8 mm long, 2-3 mm broad, middle lobe fringed at the margin, spoon-shaped, outer lobes elliptic-oblong. Stamens are opposite the petals, 5-6 mm long; anthers linear to oblong. Leaves are all at the base, 2-3-pinnately cut, 3-10 cm long, with somewhat sheathing leaf base; ultimate segments linear to bristly, 2-6 mm long, 1-1.5 mm broad. Fruit is linear or linear oblong, deflexed, 3-7 cm long, 3-5 mm broad. Nodding Little Poppy is native to Mediterranean to Central Asia and W Himalaya, Arabian Peninsula. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh, Naina Palria Photographed in Hisar, Haryana.

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