Coefficient of Conservatism:
Coefficient of Wetness:
Papaver orientale, Papaver pseudo-orientale
R. W. Smith
Included in P. orientale in Michigan Flora.
Also native to southwestern Asia, and commonly cultivated and rarely escaped to roadsides and disturbed places; first collected in 1942 in Houghton Co. by O. A. Farwell. Papaver bracteatum Lindl., with usually more than 4 bracts below the flowers and broad-based bristles on the sepals is also sometimes cultivated; we do not seem to have this as an escape, but some of our material is inadequate for distinguishing it.
As with many cultivated plants, it is not surprising that the systematics of our long-cultivated oriental poppies is unclear. Grey-Wilson (1993) places Papaver intermedium into P. bracteatum, though admitting that it almost certainly represents a hybrid of ancient origin between P. bracteatum and P. orientale