Desert Poppy - White Bear Poppy
Common name: Desert poppy, white bear poppy
Latin name: Arctomecon merriamii
Height: 12 inches
Description: Stem is greyish/ bluish colour which is produced by the presence a fine bloom or fine white powder of wax. Inflorescence has terminal solitary flower.
Leaf: Generally basal, obovate or wedge-shaped; teeth rounded.
Range: ne Mojave Desert.
Habitat: Rocky limestone slopes and gravel washes.
Elevation: 900–1400 m.
Flowering time: Apr–May
Notes: Photographed May 15, 2010 in Titus Canyon, Death Valley. Perennial herb that is native to California and to Nevada. It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 2.2, rare, threatened, or endangered in CA. Arctomecon comes from the Greek, bear poppy, from long hairs. A similar species, A. californica has yellow petals and grows in sw NV.
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