Am certain many have seen these beautiful Poppies growing Wild in Wastelands.
They are Native to Mexico but have acclimatized themselves to India and can be seen even growing in Urban Rubble which supports limited or No Flora.It is a weed seen often growing on Wastelands.
The Mexican Prickly Poppy ( English), Satyanashi ( Hindi) , Argemone mexicana ( Scientific name) is a poisonous Herb which belongs to the Poppy family Papaveraceae.
The flowers are Beautiful and bear a strong resemble to the Opium Bearing Poppy Plant which is a member of the same family.
Do see the Seed bearing Capsules on the right.
The Native name in Hindi Satyanashi literally translated means The Terminator and once again illustrates the Wonder of Local names.
Argemone mexicana is laden with toxins which can poison both Humans and Cattle.
The Satyanashi Herb releases a Yellow Sap which contains alkaloids which can cause hallucinations much like Opium.Thy are as mentioned above, members of the same Poppy family.
These beautiful flowers are adorned like a crown by this Toxic Weed which infests crops across the country.
These pictures were taken in an Aubergine Field near Ajmer in Rajasthan.
However the alkaloids derived from the plant though toxic have various Medical Uses as well if used carefully by trained experts.
Looking carefully at Weeds was Enchanting, is it not?