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Friday, June 01, 2007

Welsh poppy


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Welsh poppy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Welsh poppy (Meconopsis cambrica) (2n=28) is a perennial plant of the family Papaveraceae. Its habitat is damp shady places on rocky ground, and it is native to south-western England, Wales, Ireland and Western Europe. In its most western locations, it is increasingly found on more open ground with less cover.
It has pinnately divided leaves. The flower is distinctively yellow or orange with four petals, and hairy green sepals that fall off quickly after the flower opens. It spreads easily from the numerous small black seeds produced in the summer. It is especially well adapted to colonising gaps and crevices in rocks and stones. This habit has enabled it to colonise the urban emvironment, growing between paving slabs and at the edges of walls.
It was originally classified as Papaver cambricum and may be referred to as such in older texts. It is the only member of the Meconopsis (Papaveraceae with yellow latex) genus native to Europe.
On February 24, 2006 the Welsh political party Plaid Cymru adopted the Welsh poppy as its party logo.

16 comments:

  1. Sometimes I say that peonies are my favorite flower and then I see something so perfect like this Welsh poppy. I really should never limit myself to one view of perfection. There's my lesson for the day.

    You asked what was hanging in my window. I tried my hand at making some ceramic beads once and then I strung them with some jingle bells just for the fun of it. Now knowing what to do with my silly little ring of beads and bells, I hung it in my bedroom window.

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  2. Simple and beautiful. Thank you for visiting my garden.

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  3. How very beautiful. Yellow flowers are my favorites - I don't even care what kind they are, I just love yellow.

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  4. I love poppies - and these are beautiful. We see the small multi color ones and the large orangy-red ones here.

    BTW, Dave, I don't know what correspondence went on between you and Annie - but reading her comment - I can only ask, were you looking through her bedroom window!?!?!

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  5. Very beautiful...especially the close up...how delicate and fragile it looks.

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  6. Jackie....LOL....you will have to visit her blog to find out!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Alright, Dave, NOW I understand! I visited Annie's site and saw some of Arkansas - as well as her beads hanging in the window! :-)

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  8. very beautiful photograph, these flowers are superb

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  9. DaveM, I answered your question on my blog, added another photo and some comments.

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  10. I wonder why Plaid didn't choose the daffodil?

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  11. O wow a Yellow Poppy!
    I never seen a yellow poppy before, now I want one!

    Here in Southern California and some parts of Arizona we have our native poppies which are orange in color.

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  12. We pay good money for the pleasure of having a Welsh poppy or three in the gardens here...beautiful, close-up photography, Dave.

    All the poppies are out here, too, now...it makes for a very colourful show!

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Thanks for your comments. Whenever possible I will always reply. Dave