Dew-laden opium Poppy stamens

An opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum) has newly opened in the morning sun. This is a close-up of the poppy's center showing the dew-laden stamens carrying white pollen grains surrounding the developing seed capsule. The resin (opium) is found throughout the plant but concentrated in the sap of the seed capsule.The resin yields alkaloids such as morphine, heroin, codeine and others. .

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