Bush poppy is an erect, slender-stemmed perennial
shrub to 10' tall often found as a pioneer or colonizing burned areas
of chaparral. It has alternate, lanceolate to lance-oblong, ±
coriaceous leaves to 4" long on short petioles. The showy
blooms have four obovate or wedge-shaped bright yellow petals and two
sepals that fall off early. There are many stamens and a pistil with
two stigmas. The fruit is a 2-4" linear, arc-shaped capsule
with many smooth brown or black seeds. Bush poppy is a common
shrub on dry slopes and stony washes to about 5000' in cismontane southern
to central California, blooming from April to July. These pictures were
taken in Tapia Park, which is now part of Malibu Creek State Park in
the Santa Monica Mts.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Dendromecon
Pronunciation: den-dro-MEE-kon RI-ji-da.
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