Papaveraceae (weeds)

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Papaver rhoeas (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Franz Eugen Köhler
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Papaveraceae (weeds) - (poppy family)

The family contains mainly herbs but also some shrubs and trees. There are several hundred species found mainly in the northern hemisphere. A number of species are important weeds like corn poppy.

The plants often have milky or colored sap. The flowers contain 4-12 petals in 1-2 whorls which are often crumpled in the bud. The fruits are capsular, typically with many seeds.

The following genera are currently entered under this family: