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Published In: Histoire Naturelle,. . . des Pavots 48. 1814. (Hist. Nat. Pavots) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: About 45 species, distributed in West Europe, India, West Pakistan, Upper Burma and West China; represented in West Pakistan by 3 species.


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Perennial, often prickly, simple or rarely branched, often tall and robust herbs with yellow latex. Leaves entire or lobed, radical stalked, cauline sessile or subsessile. Inflorescence solitary, racemed, pseudo-racemed or panicled. Flowers often large, showy, blue, yellow or purplish-red. Sepals 2(-4), usually caducous, valvate. Petals 4 (often varying from 5-10), free, obovate to broadly ovate. Stamens many, multiseriate; filament filiform; anthers often oblong. Carpels many, fused, superior, with unilocular, ellipsoid to subglobose ovary; ovules many on parietal placentae projecting into the ovary; style distinct, often short; stigma rays 5-6, radiating and forming a globular mass over the ovary. Capsule ovoid, oblong, clavate or cylindrical, 1-celled, dehiscing by short slits at the apex or sometimes splitting almost to the base of the fruit. Seeds many, small, rugose.

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1 Scapes one flowered, stem not leafy (naked)
+ Scapes many flowered and stem leafy (2)
2 (1) Leaves entire or shallowly dissected; petals broadly ovate, sometimes slightly cuspidate, 3.5-3.8 cm long, 3-3.3 cm broad; capsule obconic Meconopsis latifolia
+ Leaves pinnate or deeply dissected; petals obovate, 2-3 cm long, 2.5-3 cm broad; capsule obovate to oblong Meconopsis aculeata
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