Tree Poppy, Dendromecon

is a genus of shrubs or small trees. The genus may also be referred as the Tree poppy. Dendromecon can be found in California and northern Baja California.

Dendromecon plants typically produce evergreen leaves that grow between 1.2 to 3.9 inches long. Its leaves have a narrow oval shape and taper to a point towards the end. The genus is known to have flowers that are yellow in coloration and shed after pollination.

The Dendromecon genus consists of Dendromecon harfordii (the Channel Island tree poppy) and Dendromecon rigida (the Bush poppy).

D. harfordii is a larger plant that may even be considered a small tree. It can grow up to 20 feet tall. The plant produces leaves that are short and stout. The species is found only in the Channel Islands in California.

D. rigida is a smaller species. The plant only grows to about 10 feet tall. This species produces leaves that are long and narrow. Typically the plant ranges on mainland California and northern Baja California.

Image Caption: Bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida). Credit: PDH/Wikipedia (public domain)