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Lotus Sweetjuice or Horned Poppy

Glaucium arabicum


I am not sure about the name: Glaucium leiocarpum, as I found the same plant here on Project Noah as Claucium corniculatum (Blackspot Hornpoppy), however according to 'Flora of Israel Online' (University of Jerusalem) Leicoarpum might be correct. ???? ( ) It is a small poppy, and very often I see just small patches with just one flower at a time, no bushes. Albeit they might 'branch out', as see here on the pictures.


I see this poppy a lot in the mountain area of St. Katherine.


A Bedouin explained to me that the seeds are used to make medicine for the eyes. Unfortunately my Arabic is not good enough, so I could understand for which kind of eye condition it is used....

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dororeinecke 6 years ago

Thanks! Will change the name now :)

Ori Fragman-Sapir
Ori Fragman-Sapir 6 years ago

I'm sure, it is true that in Sinai they are paler compared with S Jordan and S Israel.
They also resemble Glaucium leiocarpum, but this one is a more northern species

dororeinecke 6 years ago

Are you sure, Ori? I never saw these (with the long seed pods) with only red flowers, they are always yellow/orange with red only in the middle.

Ori Fragman-Sapir
Ori Fragman-Sapir 6 years ago

This is Glaucium arabicum

dororeinecke 7 years ago

Thanks for the explanation! :)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Glaucium leiocarpum could be a synonym for Glaucium corniculatum var. leiocarpum:
It's not uncommon for the names on Flora of Israel to be different than what I find in other literature. (And their site used to be in English too, but they are re-doing it at the moment and I hope we get the English back soon!) See my comment on my spotting about the medicinal use:

staccyh 7 years ago

Lovely flower and interesting info.

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جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Spotted on Apr 9, 2014
Submitted on May 9, 2014

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