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Arctomecon californica

Arctomecon californica (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Ranunculales
Familia: Papaveraceae
Subfamiliae: Papaveroideae
Tribus: Papavereae
Genus: Arctomecon
Species: Arctomecon californica


Arctomecon californica Torr. & Frem.

Vernacular names


* Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the year 1842 312, t. 2. 1845
* USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]
* USDA, NRCS. 2006. The PLANTS Database, 6 March 2006 (http://plants.usda.gov).

Data compiled from various sources by Mark W. Skinner. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.


Arctomecon californica is a species of poppy known by several common names, including California bearpoppy, Las Vegas bearpoppy, golden bearpoppy, and yellow-flowered desert poppy.


Arctomecon californica is native to the eastern Mojave Desert: in areas around Las Vegas, Nevada such as Tule Springs; the Lake Mead area; and in extreme northwestern Arizona. It is also known from a single location in Washington County, southwestern Utah. [1]


Arctomecon californica is a Perennial herb found in Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) habitats, in barren shales, at 500–1,000 metres (1,600–3,300 ft) in elevation. [2]

The plant flowers in mid spring with deep yellow petals from large buds on tall 1-3 feet branching inflorescences. Fruiting occurs in early summer. [3]


1. ↑ http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ARCA4 USDA
2. ↑ http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=233500118 North America Flora
3. ↑ http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ARCA4 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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