The Papaveraceae

The Poppy Family

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Papaver rhoeas Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis

The Papaveraceae are found primarily in north temperate to subtropical regions. Few can be found in southern montane Africa and eastern Australia. The most diversity is found in western North America and temperate Eurasia. There are 42 genera and 660 species. The common genera found in the US and Canada are Aregmone, Papaver, Eschscholzia and Corydalis. The plants are mostly annual or perennial herbs but can be vines, shrubs or tress.

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