Eschscholzia hypecoides

Eschscholzia hypecoides

Eschscholzia hypecoides is a species of poppy known by the common name San Benito poppy. It is endemic to California where it is mainly limited to the coastal ranges in and around San Benito County. It is a plant of woodlands, grassland slopes, and chaparral. This is an annual herb with leaves made up of rounded segments and producing fuzzy stems up to 30 centimeters tall. Atop the thin, erect stems are bright yellow to orange poppy flowers. Each flower has petals one or two centimeters long and sometimes spotted with a darker shade of yellow or orange. The fruit is a capsule 3 to 7 centimeters long containing tiny netted brown seeds. This wildflower was once considered a variety of the tufted poppy, E. caespitosa.

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