A total of nine poppy species in the Palaver genus have been recorded in Jordan. They are characterized by droopy stems that turn upright as the flower bud opens to free the crumpled petals inside. Flowers are mostly red with 4-6 petals, some with a black basal spot that is occasionally white-rimmed. The ovary (female organ) is pot-shaped, surrounded by dense stamens (male organs). At maturity, the stamens and petals fall off, leaving only the seed capsule. All plants in the Papaveraceae family secrete a bitter milky sap when cut, which protects them against herbivores.
Fields and roadsides in the highlands, including Irbid, Jerash, Amman, Karak, and Shobak. Some species extend into the Eastern Desert.
Spring and early summer.