Argemone albiflora Hornem.
White prickly poppy
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Magnoliidae||Includes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others|
|Order||Papaverales||A group that includes buttercups and other poisonous plants|
|Genus||Argemone||From the Greek argemos, “a white spot (cataract) on the eye,” which this plant was once supposed to cure. David Hollombe adds the following: “The Greek Argemone is Papaver argemone. Linnaeus ‘recycled’ the name for the American genus. I have read stories of our Argemone being used medicinally in place of P. argemone in India, resulting in glaucoma because of the differing alkaloids in the two plants.”|
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Argemone albiflora description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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5/9/2014 · American Southwest (AZ or TX) · By Jacquelyn Boyt
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