Tree Poppy

Dendromecon rigida

Tree poppy

Color: Yellow

Common name: Tree poppy

Latin name: Dendromecon rigida

Family: PAPAVERACEAE

Height: 1-9 feet

Description: Flower: 4 satiny petals 2–3 cm shed after pollination. Inflorescence: flowers solitary at the tip.

Leaf: Smooth or minutely toothed.

Range: s Northwestern California, Cascade Range Foothills, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Central Western California, Southwestern California

Habitat: Dry slopes, washes, especially recent burns

Elevation: < 1800 m.

Flowering time: FEB-APR

Notes: Photographed San Gabriel Mtns. May 29, 2004. Although not strictly listed as a desert plant, it is easily found in desert-like locations of the San Gabriel Mtns. This shrub is a fire-follower. A dicot, is a shrub that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Distribution outside California: n Baja California

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