Argemone L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 508 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is U.S.A. to Central America, Hawaiian Islands, Bolivia to S. South America.


Native to:

Alabama, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Belize, Bolivia, California, Chile Central, Chile North, Colorado, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Nicaragua, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Paraguay, Peru, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Uruguay, Utah, Wyoming

Introduced into:

Angola, Arkansas, Aruba, Ascension, Assam, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Benin, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Cayman Is., China Southeast, Colombia, Comoros, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Free State, French Guiana, Galápagos, Gambia, Ghana, Great Britain, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Gulf States, Guyana, Illinois, India, Indiana, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jawa, Kentucky, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laccadive Is., Lebanon-Syria, Leeward Is., Lesotho, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madeira, Malawi, Malaya, Maldives, Mali, Maluku, Marianas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritania, Mauritius, Michigan, Missouri, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Jersey, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Nicobar Is., Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Oman, Ontario, Pakistan, Palestine, Pennsylvania, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rodrigues, Rwanda, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Socotra, Somalia, South Australia, Southwest Caribbean, Sri Lanka, St.Helena, Sudan, Sulawesi, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Tennessee, Togo, Transcaucasus, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks-Caicos Is., Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Windward Is., Wisconsin, Yemen, Zaïre, Zimbabwe


Heterotypic Synonyms


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 1: 54.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 225 (1754).
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 508 (1753)

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5 : 225 (1754)
  • Ownbey in Mem. Torr. Bot. Club 21(1) : 21 (1958)
  • Prain in J.B. 33 : 130 (1895)
  • Sp. Pl. : 508 (1753)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Pringle [8277] K000471853 Unknown Type Material Yes
Drummond [[8]] United States K000653205 Unknown Type Material Yes


  • Flora Zambesiaca

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  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

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  • Flora of the Cayman Islands

    • Flora of the Cayman Islands
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
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