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The Genus Meconopsis

Blue poppies and their relatives

The Himalayan Blue Poppy is a bit of a perennial diva. Spotted in the wild, it turns heads and catches reverent attention, but it is also notoriously fickle, requiring careful cultivation and often refusing to flourish in most climates below 10,000 feet. Together with the other colorful species of the Meconopsis genus, they are some of the most distinctive and most sought-after members of the poppy family.
The Genus Meconopsis is the first major revision of the genus since 1934 and the only monograph on the genus in existence. This fully revised text incorporates the discovery of nearly thirty new species with decades of new scholarship. The book is extensively illustrated with striking color photographs and botanical paintings. Species descriptions that include habitat and variation within the genus, as well as detailed distribution maps, make this ideal for botanists, horticulturalists, and gardeners alike.

408 pages | 300 color plates, 20 maps | 9 5/8 x 11 1/2 | © 2014

Botanical Magazine Monograph

Biological Sciences: Botany


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Table of Contents

New Taxa and Combinations
1. Introduction
2. Brief history of the genus Meconopsis
3. Morphology of the genus Meconopsis
4. Cultivation of Meconopsis species
5. Distribution and habit
6. Taxonomic treatment
7. The genus Parameconopsis
8. The genus Cathcartia
Glossary
References
Appendix 1: (2061) Proposal to conserve the name Meconopsis (papaveraceae) with a conserved type
Appendix 2: Collectors and Researcher’s Biographies
Appendix 3: Chinese Place Names
Index to scientific names
Index to common names

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