Crooked Run Valley
Poppy (Family Papaveraceae)
Papaveraceae is a family of flowering plants. The family has been
universally recognized by taxonomists, also known as the "poppy
family", and is placed in Order Ranunculales. Most are herbaceous
plants, but a few are shrubs and small trees.
It is a cosmopolitan family, found worldwide, occurring in temperate
and subtropical climates, but is mainly associated with the Northern
The family is well loved for the striking flowers, with many species
grown as ornamental plants, including California poppy (Eschscholtzia
californica, the California state flower), the stunning blue Himalayan
poppies (Meconopsis), and several species of Papaver. The family
also contains the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), which is the
source of opium and opiates, as well as poppy seeds used in cooking
and baking, and poppyseed oil.