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Argemone ochroleuca (White-flowered Mexican poppy)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Ranunculales > Family: Papaveraceae Subfamily: Papaveroideae > Genus: Argemone

Argemone ochroleuca (White-flowered Mexican poppy)

Argemone ochroleuca flower (top) and fruit (bottom). [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ]

Argemone mexicana (Yellow-flowered Mexican poppy)  

Argemone ochroleuca, Mukuvisi Woodland, Harare, Zimbabwe. [photo Bart Wursten , Flora of Zimbabwe]



Flowers are creamy to pale yellow in colour as compared to Argemone mexicana, which has yellow flowers.

Distribution and habitat

Native to Central America. Spread to many parts of the World, including southern Africa where  in South Africa it is a Declared Category 1 invasive plants.