Also known as Yellow Poppy, Prickly Poppy, Mexican
Thistle, Devil's Fig and White Thistle, the Mexican Poppy was first recorded in
Australia back in 1845 and is declared a weed in the Northern Territory. A
native of Central America, it can now be found throughout Australia.
Whilst found growing in and along sandy rivers and creek beds, it has also
been found in disturbed areas around the Alice Springs region, including the
MacDonnell Ranges. It can be found in areas where quarried soils and sand are
transported to be used in construction or back-filling, overgrazed pastures and