Robust Yellow Poppy
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Robust Yellow Poppy
P Native Unknown Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Robust Yellow Poppy
Botanical name: Meconopsis robusta    Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Synonyms: Papaver robustum

Robust Yellow Poppy is a herb with stems 1-2 m long, leafy, stout, fistular, sparsely clothed with patent rusty or yellowish-brown 5-6 mm long bristles or with their persistent bases. Leaves are imperfectly 1-2-pinnately cut to divided, often uppermost entire, sparsely bristly; segments ovate or ovate-oblong, pointed or blunt at tip; basal leaves on 1-1.5 cm long leaf-stalks; upper ones stalkless. Flowers are solitary on 5-20 cm long flower-stalks, in leaf-axils or at branch-ends, in leafy racemes. Sepals are broadly ovate-oblong, 1.5-2 cm long, bristly. Petals are 4, obovate, yellow to sulphur yellow. Filaments are 1-1.5 cm long, thread-like. Styles are 2-10 mm long. Capsules are obovoid-oblong or ellipsoid, splitting by 6-9 valves, 2-3 cm long. Robust Yellow Poppy is endemic to Garhwal Himalayas, at altitudes of 2400-4000 m. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Paul Egan, D.S. Rawat Photographed in Kedarnath & Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.

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