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(Greek dendron, tree; mecon, poppy). Papaveracex. An outdoor shrub in California, with bright yellow flowers; sparingly grown elsewhere.
Smooth low branching plant with rigid alternate mostly entire leaves: flowers golden yellow, 1-3 in. across, single on short pedicels; petals 4, large; sepals 2: stamens many, short: fruit a linear curved grooved caps. 2-4 in. long. - Long considered to comprise a single species, but lately redefined by Fedde into 20 species, but only one species-name appears to be in the trade. The division into species is largely on foliage characters. It is not unlikely that some of the cult, material represents one or more of these segregates.
Benth. Rigid, very leafy, 2-10 ft. high: stems up to 2 in. thick: bark whitish: branches stiff, erect: leaves lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate, coriaceous, reticulately veined, very acute and mucronate: flowers on pedicels, 1-4 in. long: seeds black, almost globular. Dry parts of Coast ranges and in the Sierras. B.M. 5134. F.S. 14:1411. Gn. 50:292. J.H. III. 29:92. - Spring-flowering. In England it is somewhat tender, requiring some protection in winter. Prop, from seeds, that take very long to germinate. Considerable variation in size of flowers appears to depend on the conditions in which plants are growing. Evergreen, but in hard winters in Calif., loses most of its leaves by Feb., when, becoming scraggly, it may be cut back to ground for renewal, l. h. B†
Fig. 1239. Tip of leaf of Dennstsedtia punctilobula. (x 1/4)
Fig. 1240. Fruiting lobe of Dennstaedtia punctilobula.