What Is the Genus & Species Name of Poppy Seeds?

Poppy seeds are produced by flowers on the opium poppy plant, with a botanical name of Papaver somniferum. Seeds baked on pastries do not produce any narcotic effects when consumed.

Keywords: poppy seed source, opium poppy, plant botanical names, Papaver somniferum

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