Channel Island tree or bush poppy is an erect,
slender-branched shrubby perennial growing to as much as 18' tall with
alternate, glaucous-green entire-margined leaves that are oblong-ovate
to elliptic and have generally rounded tips. The flowers are solitary
and are terminal on the ends of short branchlets. The two sepals
are early deciduous, and there are four bright yellow petals from 3/4"
to 1" long which are obovate to rounded. Stamens are numerous with
short filaments and there are two flattish stigma lobes. Tree poppy
inhabits somewhat shrubby slopes below 1800' on Santa Cruz and Santa
Rosa Islands and is uncommon. Munz's Flora of Southern California
listed this taxa as Dendromecon rigida ssp. harfordii but Jepson
has raised its status to a separate species. The differentiating
characters between this and Dendromecon rigida (bush
poppy) are as follows: D. harfordii: leaf blade
1.5-3X as long as wide, tip generally rounded, margin entire. D.
rigida: leaf blade 3-8X as long as wide, tip acute, margin
minutely toothed. This species blooms mostly from April to July.
These pictures were taken at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Dendromecon
Pronunciation: den-dro-MEE-kon har-FORD-ee-eye.
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