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  Meconopsis bhutanica. W Bhutan. 2009. © Alan Elliott
Meconopsis bhutanica. W Bhutan. 2009. © Alan Elliott

Papaveraceae - Tribe Papaverae

Administers: (Papaveraceae, Tribe Papavereae

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Primary TENs contact: Alan Elliott from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The TEN formed around the known issues caused by Papaver being paraphyletic. To maintain the genera Meconopsis, Cathcartia & Roemeria we are following the treatments for Grey-Wilson (2014) and Banfi et al. (2022) that goes most of the way to create a monophyletic Papaver and maintains generic diversity” within Tribe Papaverae. 

Curation includes the transfer of species from Papaver Section Argemonidium to Roemeria and new generic name Oreomecon for the placement of the species of Papaver Section Meconella.

Taxonomic data curation for the TEN utilises Rhakhis — the WFO’s taxonomic curation tool.

Key Contributors

Key Literature

The Meconopsis Group was set up in 1998 to study the genus and to promote its cultivation and conservation. Membership is worldwide and open to anyone interested in Meconopsis.

The Group initially set out to clarify the identities and names of the many big blue perennial Meconopsis cultivars being grown in Scottish gardens and further afield. Some of these are probably hybrids, which arose when species from different parts of the Himalaya and China were grown together in close proximity. Now that this task has largely been achieved, the Group is turning its attention to other projects. These include DNA analysis of Meconopsis, the creation of a Species Gallery and a Cultivar Gallery, and this newly updated website to make information more easily accessible.