The Matilija Poppy
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Matilija poppy seed headsImpressive geometry. When I take a moment to look closely at dried flower stalks and seeds, I am often blown away by their intricate beauty and geometry. After the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) flower is pollinated, a fruit develops, which becomes dry and brittle at maturity. The capsule begins to split open, and the seeds — which are a favorite food of many Southern California bird species — pour out (dehisce). Note the regal architecture of the poppy capsule, which happens to look a lot like a royal scepter.