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Prickly Poppy

Prickly Poppy
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): By Cade [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-09 2:46
Viewed: 3337
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There were hundreds of these Prickly Poppies in the same field last year. This year I really had to search to find one. It seems they have been taken over by an abundance of Sunflowers this year. The excessive rain we've had may have also contributed to the decline in Poppies this year.

About Prickly Poppy:

Argemone albiflora Hornem.

Bluestem pricklypoppy, White pricklypoppy

Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)

USDA Symbol: ARAL3

USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

The cupped, white flower is at the top of a tall, bristly stem; plant has white juice that turns yellow after it has dried.

A similar thistle-leaved species, a native of tropical America, is the Yellow Prickly Poppy (A. mexicana), which has yellow flowers. It occurs from Virginia and Tennessee to Florida and Texas and has escaped from cultivation northward.

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These are lovely flowers despite the prickles.
Nice shot - well composed and exposed. :)

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