Eschscholzia elegans E. Greene
Eschscholzia elegans is rather enigmatic. The type collection is from Guadalupe Island, an oceanic island off the coast of Baja California, and it may be restricted to that island, although I have seen a specimen from Cedros Island that matches the type. Its appearance is similar to E. ramosa, and its chromosome number of n=18 would place it in a polyploid series with that species, but its seeds more resemble the shrubby Eschscholzia palmeri. I suspect that the type may be a first-year E. palmeri plant, and that the bulk of the other collections represent a relative of E. ramosa.
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