Glaucium flavum Papaveraceae Yellow Horned Poppy

Picture 1 Picture 2 Distribution Map

Glaucium flavum 47kb

Description - The large yellow flowers of the Poppy have four silky petals, which quickly drop, after which the long curved seed-pods develop, said to be the longest seed-capsule in any British plant. They can reach 30cm. Leaves are grey-green, and well-cut. They are covered with fine short hairs, which will protect the leaf surface from the salty conditions in which it lives.

Habitat - Grows in shingle or stable pebbles just above the beach.

Comment - Not very common, as the habitat is not common, and has diminished over the years. The distribution map shows pebble ridges and beaches in blue and recent records of the poppy in red.

La Société Guernesiaise Guernsey Biological Records Centre Botany Section Species list Previous Species Next Species