Category:  Nature Photography | Posted: April 15, 2018

Once it has lost it's petals

....PAPAVER Seed-Pod

by PeglegDeb

Photograph of the Month Contest Entry 
PAPAVER somniferum is the species of plant from which opium and poppy seeds are derived. Colors of the flower vary widely, as do other physical characteristics such as number and shape of petals, number of seeds, production of opium, etc. Poppy flowers are native worldwide and have been prized not just for their stunning beauty but for their medicinal history as well.

Use of the opium poppy predates written history. Images of opium poppies have been found in ancient Sumerian artifacts (circa 4000 BC) The narcotic properties of opium have been know since the days in ancient Egypt when it was used as a sleep-inducing medicine as well as in ancient Greece, where an extract made from the PAPAVER somniferum plant was drank as a pain killer and referred to as 'poppy-wine' by the Greek physician, Hippocrates.

Pictured here is a PAPAVER which had recently lost it's lovely scarlet-orange petals. Taken late in the day I was concentrating on showing one of THE most interesting seed pods in my gardens. A single plant will have 5-7 stems .....each w/ it's own seed-pod such as this. While it is a perennial (comes back every year) it does not self-sow in my gardens....a good thing since the average total number of seeds per plant (seen here surrounding the core) can be upwards of 10,000.

Post Type Photography Mixed Media None
Late in the day in my gardens. Image cropped and sharpened a bit. Vignette and narrow border added. All manual settings.

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