Poppy seed (Papaver somniferum)

  • Lauren Holden
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Poppy seed (Papaver somniferum). Lauren Holden. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Source: Wellcome Collection.

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SEM of a single poppy seed. The kidney-shaped seeds of the opium poppy are highly nutritious, having a range of culinary uses. The seeds of other poppy species are not consumed, although the plants are still grown for their flowers. False-coloured scanning electron micrograph; x 80; seed is approximately 1.2 mm in length.


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