E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Papaver lapponicum (Tolm.) Nordh.
Macoun's poppy (Lapland poppy)
Papaveraceae (Fumitory family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot with a stem-base clothed with some brown decaying leaf bases; stems curved to erect, simple, bowed, sparsely to densely stiff-hairy, 6-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves 4-12 cm long, the stalks one-half to three-quarter the leaf length, deeply dissected into elongate or egg-shaped segments, with 2-3 pairs of primary lateral lobes, the lobes mostly again divided, green or grey-green, smooth or sparsely white stiff-hairy; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary flowers on erect, straight, nearly smooth to bristly-hairy, 20-30 cm stalks, buds erect, 10-18 mm long; petals 4, yellow, sometimes pinkish-tinged, 1.5-1.8 cm long.
Capsules, oblong-ellipsoid, 1.2-2 cm long, 1-2.5 times longer than wide, brown bristly-hairy.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry scree slopes and gravelly ridges in the subalpine and alpine zones; infrequent in NW BC; amphiberingian, N to AK, YT and NT; E Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Papaver lapponicum

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1785 1802 1820
Slope Gradient (%) 4 12 20
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
140 214 288
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BAFA(1), ESSF(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Papaver hultenii Knaben
Papaver hultenii var. salmonicolor Hultén
Papaver macounii Greene
Papaver radicatum subsp. lapponicum Tolm.

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