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Thursday, 22 October 2015

FFF205 - RED POPPY BUD

Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy, is the species of plant from which opium and poppy seeds are derived. Opium is the source of many drugs, including morphine (and its derivative heroin), thebaine, codeine, papaverine, and noscapine.

The Latin botanical name means the "sleep-bringing poppy", referring to the sedative properties of some of these opiates. The opium poppy is the only species of Papaveraceae that is an agricultural crop grown on a large scale. Other species, Papaver rhoeas and Papaver argemone, are important agricultural weeds, and may be mistaken for the crop.

This poppy is also valuable for ornamental purposes, and has been known as the "common garden poppy", referencing all the group of poppy plants. Poppy seeds of Papaver somniferum are an important food item and the source of poppy seed oil, a healthy edible oil that has many uses.

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20 comments:

  1. Lovely picture, and thank´s for reminding me. I have to sow some.

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  2. So gorgeous! Poppies are one of my favorite flowers!

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  3. How beautiful! My dearest favorite flower.
    Funny, she has on a hat. As a fine lady ;-)

    Greetings

    Anne

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  4. I love poppies soooo much!

    Greetings & Love & a wonderful weekend
    Ines

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  5. a gorgeous red bloom, surrounded by delicate green leaves. Great shot !!
    Love the Poppies very much. Thank you for sharing.
    Greetings Carmen

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  6. I LOVE Poppies - yours have a great colour!
    Have a nice day & weekend ... Frauke

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  7. oh gosh! stunning colours in that photo! I really hope my poppy's look that gorgeous when they grow!

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  8. Hello Nick,
    I love puppies, my favorit flower, the blossoms are so beautiful!
    Your's so funny because it seems like it has a hat on the head. ;-)
    Have a nice weekend,
    moni

    http://www.reflexionblog.de

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  9. Wow what an amazing colour.....
    I love this picture.....
    Have a nice weekend
    Jen

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  10. One of our favorite flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Such an intense colour! And great info as always. Thanks for sharing, Nick!
    Warm greetings,
    Annie

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  12. How beautiful. Poppies are so graceful, especially the bent stem curving so dramatically.

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  13. That's a lovely photo :)))
    Have a happy weekend !

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  14. I saw these lovelies for the first time when we moved into this house and fell in love with them!!

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  15. Lovely Pic!
    Papaver somniferum is one of my favourite.

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  16. A beautiful dark red. My wife planted some poppy seeds last summer & this spring only one came up but the flowers on it are stunning. Will post photos & join in your Floral Friday this coming week

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