Opium Poppy, X-ray

Opium Poppy, X-ray

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Caption: X-ray of Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) flower. This poppy is the source of opium, a narcotic resin that contains the alkaloids morphine and codeine. These are used by the pharmaceutical industry as painkillers (analgesics). Opium can be refined to yield the illegal drug heroin.

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