Ripe seed head of the field poppy

Ripe seed head of the field poppy

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This image is part of the sequence Flowers: Opening of a Corn (Field) poppy and the seed pod (capsule)


Caption: Photograph of a ripe, dehiscent seed capsule (fruit) of the field or corn poppy (Papaver irhoeas), showing the release of numerous blue- black seeds from pores in the top of the dried-out capsule. The seed capsule comprises the remains of the flower after the petals have fallen; the old stigma (starfish-shaped) is seen at top. When the capsule has fully ripened, mature seeds are released by the organized process of dehiscence (dehydration & splitting). At this time the pericarp, the capsule wall, is dead & hard.

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Keywords: botany, dehiscence, dehiscent, field poppy, in field poppy, nature, papaver rhoeas, part, parts, plant, plants, poppy, reproduction, reproductive, seed, seed capsule, seed head, stigma remnant, structure

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