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Romneya coulteri, Matilija Poppy. Another pleasant surprise while out hiking. Since this plant is native to California it was indeed a surprise to see it here on Cortes Island. It is differentiated from its close relative, R. trichocalyx, by have very hairs on the sepals. The sepals of R. trichocalyx are covered with fine hairs. R. coulteri is also known as the Fried Egg Flower for obvious reasons! Canada,Fried Egg Flower,Geotagged,Matilija Poppy,Romneya coulteri,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Romneya coulteri, Matilija Poppy.

Another pleasant surprise while out hiking. Since this plant is native to California it was indeed a surprise to see it here on Cortes Island. It is differentiated from its close relative, R. trichocalyx, by have very hairs on the sepals. The sepals of R. trichocalyx are covered with fine hairs. R. coulteri is also known as the Fried Egg Flower for obvious reasons!

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  1. It looks giant for a poppy, cool flower! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Yes, each petal can be up to 7.5cm long. Quite something to come across. Posted 2 months ago

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''Romneya coulteri'', the Coulter's Matilija poppy or California tree poppy, is a perennial species of flowering plant in the poppy family. Native to southern California and Baja California, it grows in dry canyons in chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communities, sometimes in areas recently burned. It is a popular ornamental plant, kept for its large, showy flowers.

The specific epithet ''coulteri'' commemorates Thomas Coulter, an Irish botanist and explorer.

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Similar species: Ranunculales
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Uploaded Jun 24, 2019. Captured Jun 23, 2019 10:37 in 578 Potlatch Rd, Mansons Landing, BC V0P 1K0, Canada.
  • E-M5MarkII
  • f/22.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO250
  • 16mm