Eschscholzia minutiflora, Pygmy Poppy
Scientific Name: Eschscholzia minutiflora - (esh-SHOLE-tzee-a)
Common Name: Pygmy Poppy
Also Called: Pygmy Goldenpoppy
Family: Papaveraceae or Poppy Family
Synonyms: (Eschscholzia androuxii, Eschscholtzia minutiflora, Eschscholzia minutiflora var. minutiflora)
Size: Up to 12 inches more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; plants erect or spreading, branching and leafy well above the base.
Leaves: Blue-glaucous, gray-glaucous.
Flower Color: Yellow; base of flower sometimes orange spotted, fruit a 2 inch capsule, seeds brown or black.
Flowering Season: February to May, March to May in California.
Elevation: Up to 4,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Sandy soil, desert washes, flats and slopes.
Recorded Range: Pygmy Poppy is found in the southwestern United States in AZ,CA, NV, UT. In Arizona it occurs in the western 2⁄3 of the state, few records in Yavapai county. It is also native to Baja California and northwest Mexico.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Eschscholzia minutiflora.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
The Plant List includes 12 accepted species names for the genus Eschscholzia.
There are 3 sub-species in Eschscholzia minutiflora:
Eschscholzia minutiflora subsp. covillei, Coville's Poppy, CA, NV;
Eschscholzia minutiflora subsp. minutiflora, Pygmy Poppy, AZ, CA, NV, UT;
Eschscholzia minutiflora subsp. twisselmannii, Red Rock Poppy, CA only.
Comments: The photos above were take at Anza Borrego Springs, California (winter-spring 2016).
Pygmy Poppy is somewhat similar in appearance to Desert Poppy, both are found in the same general areas however Pygmy Poppy is some smaller.