Papaver macounii subsp. discolor

(Hultén) Rändel ex D. F. Murray
Novon 5: 294. 1995.
Basionyms: Papaver macounii var. discolor Hultén Fl. Alaska Yukon 5: 803. 1945
Synonyms: Papaver keelei D. Löve Papaver scammanianum
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.

Plants slender, to 4 dm, persistent leaf bases few, flexible, lanceolate, ciliate, glabrous to hispid. Leaves to 12 cm; blade green or light green abaxially, dark green adaxially, with 2-3 pairs of primary lateral lobes; surfaces glabrate to densely pilose, trichomes light brown. Inflorescences: scapes glabrate to hispid with appressed and spreading trichomes. Flowers to 5 cm diam.; petals yellow or very rarely pink; anthers yellow; stigmas 4-6, disc conic-umbonate. Capsules clavate, to 2.5 cm, sparsely to sometimes densely strigose. 2n = 28, 70 (as P. radicatum Rottb. s.l.).

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Mesic arctic and alpine tundra and meadows
Elevation: 0-1200 m


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N.W.T., Yukon, Alaska, Russian Far East.


If this taxon is recognized at species rather than subspecies rank, the correct name is Papaver keelei. Specimens of P. paucistaminum Tolmatchew & Petrovsky from Chukotka in the Russian Far East fall within the range of variation described here.

Selected References


Lower Taxa


(Hultén) Rändel ex D. F. Murray +
Papaver macounii var. discolor +
N.W.T. +, Yukon +, Alaska +  and Russian Far East. +
0-1200 m +
Mesic arctic and alpine tundra and meadows +
Flowering Jun–Aug. +
Illustrated +
Papaver keelei +  and Papaver scammanianum +
Papaver macounii subsp. discolor +
Papaver macounii +
subspecies +