Arctic Poppy/papaver radicatum

The Arctic Poppy is abou10 to15 cm tall at the end of there growing. The weight of it is very light since it is a plant. Some colors it comes in are yellow and white. The Arctic Poppy is supposed to be very tough except for the petals of it because it is very delicate. The poppy is covered with black hairs. The flower is formed from four petals and is then created into a cup like form. The kingdom is Plantae, the Phylum is Magnoliophyta, the Class is Magnoliopsida, Order is Papaverales, Family is Papaveraceae, Genus is Papaver, and species is papaver radicatum. The gestational period of a poppy is: first it is a seed, then it starts to sprout some roots, then the roots et bigger and a stem starts to form, finally it gets bigger and bigger until it is a fully grown Arctic Poppy.

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(this is a picture of a yellow Arctic poppy)

Five Adaptations

  1. The whole plant is covered in black hairs and that could be an adaptation because the hairs could be a warning sign that tells predators not to come near it.
  2. The plant had a low toxicity and that is probably an adaptation that they got over time so animals wouldn’t eat it.
  3. The white color of the white arctic poppies is an adaptation because it camouflages with the arctic environment that it lives in.
  4. An adaptation for this plant is it moving to where the sun is so it could get heat from the sun.
  5. The poppy adapted to growing on rocks and know it adapted so much that the rock allows the roots of the poppy to be moist.

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(this is a picture of a yellow poppy)

Habitat of Arctic Poppy

The arctic poppy can be seen in arctic areas. The most common place that it could be seen is in Nunavut, Canada. The arctic poppy likes to grow and stay in arctic meadows. It could also be seen it mountains, dry rivers, and rocky high plains. It likes to grow with the rocks because the rocks supply a moist shelter for the poppies roots. If you ever go looking for an arctic poppy, you probably won’t find any because it is very uncommon globally.

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(picture of arctic habitat)

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