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Arctomecon californica (California bear-poppy)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Arctomecon californica

Arctomecon californica Torr. & Frém.

California Bear-poppy, Yellow Desert-poppy, Yellow Desert Poppy

Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)


USDA Symbol: ARCA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Arctomecon californica, found in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, has six yellow petals.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May



Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Arctomecon californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arctomecon californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arctomecon californica


Record Modified: 2022-11-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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