Argemone mexicana

Family Papaveraceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesMexican Poppy, Prickly Poppy
SynonymsArgemone mexicana L. var. mexicana
Growth formHerb
Seed dispersal morphologyAdhesive (burrs, sticky, awns, hairs etc)
Maximum height (m)1.5
Capable of vegetative reproductionNo
Native rangeCentral America, North America, South America
Exotic range (Australia)NSW, QLD, WA
Exotic range (other)Africa, Asia, Indian Ocean Islands, North America, Oceania, Pacific Ocean Islands
Habitat types (exotic)Agricultural land, Disturbed areas (including trails), Floodplains, Pastures, Riparian systems, Roadsides, Wastelands
Soil type (exotic)Gravel/stony, Most soil types, Sandy
Decade of introduction1860

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 3

The area of suitable habitat and the habitat suitability of observations, for this species, are projected to decrease or remain the same under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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