Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales
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Learn more about Mexican Prickly-poppy from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 085-02-002:
Argemone mexicana FAMILY Papaveraceae
Mexican Prickly-poppy, Mexican Poppy
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Keith Bradley kab_a_mexicana_00751
December Miami-Dade County FL
Flowers 4-7cm broad, subtended by 1-2 foliaceous bracts, per Flora of North America.
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Habitat: Sandy roadsides and disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Native: south Florida, West Indies, southward?
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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has yellow latex (milky sap)
IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaf margins spiny ("spinose-dentate")
Alternate & basal rosette
Bright yellow, rarely pale lemon yellow
Radially symmetrical, or nearly so
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