Papaveraceae is the Poppy Family from the order of Ranunculales. This family has 44 genera and 825 species. Most of the Papaveraceae members are herbaceous plants some woody shrubs and some tropical trees. There are pharmaceutically important species in this family. Most of the plants are found in the Northern Hemisphere. There are perennials, biennials and annuals.
Most Papaveraceae members are lactiferous, producing milk latex. They have simple leaves, alternate or whorled. Most with petioles. Leaves lobed, no stipules and very divided. They are usually pollinated by insects. The Papaveraceae family flowers are medium to large. Usually terminal and solitary flowers. The flowers are unscented. They have many stamens, up to 60. The fruit is a capsule which opens and releases the seeds.
Papapveraceae genera include: