Posted on: 5 March 2014

"Papaver somniferum. Poppy-white or opium"

Coloured Print - 1853
By: M. A. Burnett after: Gilbert T. Burnett
Published: James Sangster & Co., London

Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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Opium poppy, is the species of plant from which opium and poppy seeds are derived. Opium is the source of many narcotics, including morphine (and the pod from where opium is extracted and the seed we cook and love to eat 'Posto' or ' 'Khuskhus'