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Poppy: watercolour painting by Marina Albert, 1998 [10 of 17]

1998 Papaver Somniferium - Opium Poppy
A native of the Middle East it has spread by cultivation because of its value for opiate, collected by cutting the unripe seed capsules.
An annual plant it grows to a height of 1m by a spread of 1.5m. The flowers are white, pink or pale lilac, single or multi-petalled and with a reddish blotch at the base,
The fruits, also painted as poppy pods, are hemispherical capsules containing seeds.
It is from Papaver hortense (a variety of the opium poppy) that the seeds for bread, biscuits and cakes is collected