Talk:Papaver somniferum

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Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: page moved: 4:2 majority after 16 days, last discussion was 7 days ago. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 16:05, 30 May 2012 (UTC)



Opium poppyPapaver somniferumPapaver somniferum should be the title (name) of this article with "Opium Poppy" used as a redirect, not the other way around.

Why is it that almost every plant is listed by it's binomial name and this one gets special treatment? Cannabis sativa doesn't have it's title set to "Marijuana Cannabis" or "THC Cannabis".

Adding vernacular names as titles (especially ones that have drug references in them), seems to encourage vandalism and useless edits. Opium has it's own page. Poppy seed has it's own page. Poppyseed oil has it's own page. Every Papaver species has it's name listed by binomial nomenclature, except poor old P. somniferum. Can we leave Opium out of the title & be a bit more scientifically accurate/botanist minded about the article?

In addition, P. somniferum is grown more for pharmaceuticals, culinary purposes and ornamental purposes in most countries. The cultivation of P. somniferum for opium is somewhat minimal in present-day. As stated in the formal move request, small amounts of opiates have been found in other Papaver species, "Opium Poppy" could refer to these species as well, making the current article title inaccurate and over-encompassing, though the article itself is specific to P. somniferum . "Morphine poppy" would be more appropriate, as Papaver somniferum's notoriety for it's high morphine content is it's only distinguishing characteristic from non-somniferum Papaver species containing opiates. Thus, making the article seem either slightly obsolete, or encouraging education of the raw-form drug's existence beyond the precedents set by other, similar Wikipedia articles about plants that contain psychoactive alkaloids and compounds. (e.g. Lactuca virosa's title isn't "Opium Lettuce"...) relisted --Mike Cline (talk) 17:05, 21 May 2012 (UTC) FrostyCee (talk) 08:35, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

Support per WP:TITLE "the ideal article title will resemble titles for similar articles". 89.100.207.51 (talk) 16:49, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Support per Wikipedia:Naming_conventions_(flora)#Scientific_versus_common_names Naming conventions on flora: "For example, it is acceptable to have separate articles on a grape (an edible fruit) and Vitis vinifera (the plant species that most commonly yields grapes). When a decision is made to treat them separately, the taxon article should use the scientific name." Opium has a separate page, so the decsion to treat them separate has already been done. 216.69.46.40 (talk) 16:20, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

  • Oppose, per Wikipedia:Naming_conventions_(flora)#Scientific_versus_common_names: "Scientific names are to be used as article titles in all cases except when a plant has an agricultural, horticultural, economic or cultural use that makes it more prominent in some other field than in botany; e.g. Rose, Coffee, Rice. These exceptions are determined on a case-by-case basis through discussion towards consensus." I submit that this plant has major political, agricultural, and economic presences, and therefore should reside at the common name. ENeville (talk) 22:13, 16 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Support, per the paragraph directly after what (ENeville) quoted at Wikipedia:Naming_conventions_(flora)#Scientific_versus_common_names: "Note that it is often possible to distinguish between plant taxon and plant product, and in those cases it is not necessary to treat both in a single article." I submit that this plant's major uses are already represented in the Opium and Morphine articles and therefore Opium Poppy should indeed be changed to Papaver somniferum. "Opium poppy" should redirect to the same article. 74.128.192.155 (talk) 22:53, 17 May 2012 (UTC)
    • I don't think that in this case the separation of the topic of the product splits off all the social significance of the plant. The plant is grown ornamentally, for example. Also, the article has a section on the presence of the topic in popular culture, as a plant growing naturally and from seed, not just as a product. Furthermore, there is a significant section on the legality of growing the plant, separate from possessing the product. These argue for the social significance of the plant itself, separately from the product. You can plant Papaver somniferum, but wind up with a whole bunch of consequences imposed on you because it's an opium poppy to the neighbors, the courts, the local warlords, and so on. ENeville (talk) 19:35, 18 May 2012 (UTC)
      • If that is your position, then I would reason that this article needs to be split into two articles. One based on the cultural significance, and one specifically for the taxon. Per #2 @ Plant article naming conventions. "(A) separate page(s) with the botanical description(s) of the taxa involved, using the scientific name, is preferred."FrostyCee (talk) 20:45, 22 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose per ENeville. The opium poppy -- the plant, not the product -- has far more global significance than as just another taxon.

Powers T 02:00, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

  • Support Comparing the common name's signifigance to "just another taxon" is irrelevant, as the Wikipedia standard says we should only compare to uses "in some other field than in botany". This plant mainly has notable uses outside botany that can be covered in the Opium article. Excluding all info that can-be/has-been separated out into the Opium article, what's left if is predominately botany, including ornamental growing. It's already been split per the WP standard and so this article must be at its scientific name. --Tom Hulse (talk) 09:13, 23 May 2012 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

File:Papaver flower.jpg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File:Papaver flower.jpg will be appearing as picture of the day on June 10, 2012. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2012-06-10. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page so Wikipedia doesn't look bad. :) Thanks! howcheng {chat} 21:52, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Picture of the day
Opium poppy

The flower of an opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) in three stages of development. From left to right, the bud, the flower, and finally the seed capsule. The plant is used to derive opium and poppy seeds. The Latin botanical name means the "sleep-bringing poppy", referring to the sedative properties of some of the opiatesnarcotics derived from opium.

Photo: Joaquim Alves Gaspar
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Growing conditions[edit]

I'm not seeing anything about its ordinary growing conditions. My guess is semi-arid, but I haven't found any source that says one way or another. Dismalscholar (talk) 08:05, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Growth habit[edit]

There is no mention in this article as to whether this plant is annual, perennial or biennial (it is annual, apparently). Perhaps too much effort has been spent trying to maintain neutrality concerning the narcotic alkaloids present than on actually describing the species. Shouldn't a description of the plant the primary focus of the article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.131.101.107 (talk) 04:30, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

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Laudanum[edit]

The article needs a link to Laudanum somewhere.