Desert Poppy (Eschscholzia glyptosperma)

Desert Poppy (Eschscholzia glyptosperma)

Eschscholzia glyptosperma is a species of poppy known by the common names desert poppy, desert goldenpoppy, and Mojave poppy.

It is native to the deserts of the southwestern United States. This is an annual herb growing from a basal patch of leaves divided into pointed segments. It produces erect stems up to about 25 centimeters in height, each bearing a single flower. The poppy flower is bright yellow with petals one to two and a half centimeters long. The fruit is a capsule 4 to 7 centimeters long filled with tiny rounded brown seeds.

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Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.