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Poppy : Papaver rhoeas

Plant :  Poppy can occur in large numbers in agricultural field crops, particularly wheat, in rural Northumberland.  The tall delicate stems are covered in fine hairs and grow to the height of the crop.  They can also be found in disturbed ground, verges and field margins.

Flower : The Poppy’s bright red flower is up to 20 cm in diameter.  The two sepals, which enclose the petals, fall off once the flower opens.  There are four petals and the ovary is superior.

Pollen : The pollen load of poppy is black.  The grain is round but the three furrow pores can give it a triangular appearance.  It is a small pollen, 30 um in diameter. The surface is is netted and the exine is thin.

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