Papaver is a Latin word for poppy, according to mythology it was created by the god of sleep, Somnus, but also because of the numerous seeds produced as a symbol of fertility. Chiefly herbs usually with milky or coloured sap (latex); leaves simple alternate or whorled; blade entire or dissected. Flowers solitary, bisexual, calyx and corolla usually distinct, corolla basically in multiples of 4, free and crumpled in bud, number of stamens varies 4-200. Carpels usually 2, ovary usually unilocular; fruit usually a capsule dehiscing by pores.