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!
''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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