from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of papaveraceous plants, found in California and upon the west coast of North America, some species of which produce beautiful yellow, orange, rose-colored, or white flowers; the California poppy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small genus of delicate glabrous and glaucous herbs, of the natural order Papaveraceæ, natives of California and the adjacent region.
- n. In zoology: A genus of beetles, of the family Elateridæ. Also called Athous.
- n. A genus of saccate ctenophorans, of the family Cydippidæ. E. cordata is a Mediterranean species. Also Eschscholthia.
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- n. showy herbs of western North America
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The most common of the showy winter annuals that contribute to these displays in southern Arizona are Mexican gold poppy (Eschscholtzia mexicana), lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus), and owl-clover (Castilleja exserta, formerly Orthocarpus purpurascens).
Some extensive mass flowerings of the California poppy (Eschscholtzia californica), lupines (Lupinus spp.), and Purple Owl Clover (Orthocarpus purpurascens) still occasionally occur in several areas, and are now best known from Antelope Valley in the Tehachapi foothills.
But its correct name is the Eschscholtzia (esh-sholt'si-a), from the name of a German botanist and naturalist, who studied the plant and wrote about it almost a hundred years ago.
Eschscholtzia, yellow Poppies; one foot; blooms all summer.
Eschscholtzia -- it is an ugly name for a most lovely flower.
I pause for a bewildered five minutes, wondering if a celandine is a poppy, and how many petals _it_ has: going on again -- because I must, without making up my mind, on either question -- I am told to "observe the floral receptacle of the Californian genus Eschscholtzia."
I enclose a copy of my rough notes on your Eschscholtzia, as you might like to see them.
The flowers of Eschscholtzia when crossed with pollen from a distinct plant produced 91 per cent. of capsules; when self-fertilised the flowers produced only 66 per cent. of capsules.
Your Eschscholtzia plants were growing well when I left home, to which place we shall return by the end of this month, and I will observe whether they are self-sterile.
The following refers to the curious case of Eschscholtzia described in "Cross and Self-Fertilisation," pages 343-4.
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