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Papaver rhoeas




Common Name(s):   Red Poppy, Corn Poppy, Field Poppy
Scientific Name:   Papaver rhoeas

Papaver rhoeas, more commonly known as Red Poppy, Corn Poppy or Field Poppy, is a is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family, Papaveraceae. This poppy, a native of Europe, is notable as an agricultural weed and as a symbol of fallen soldiers. The flower is large and showy, with four petals that are vivid red, most commonly with a black spot at their base. Like many other species of Papaver, it exudes a white latex when the tissues are broken. The leaves and latex have an acrid taste and are mildly poisonous to grazing animals. Papaver rhoeas sometimes is so abundant in agricultural fields that it may be mistaken for a crop. The only species of Papaveraceae grown as a field crop on a large scale is Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy.











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