Version I Version III (with So-un markings)
PAPAVEN SOMNIFERUM (パパベン ソンニフェルム) [caption as printed]
Papaver somniferum (papaben sonniferumu)

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Currently Documented Version Characteristics:
Version I: [no signature] [no seal] [title-caption in lower margin] (example on left)
Version II: [no signature] [no seal] [no title-caption in lower margin] (not illustrated)
Version III: [signature] [seal] [no title-caption in lower margin] (example on right, shown with So-un markings)

[For illustration of seals, see the Seals article.]

Design History:
This design was part of the original series of forty-eight designs completed by October 1931 and was also included in later reprintings. Note that the title-caption is incorrectly spelled for the Latin name. The example images were taken with different cameras under different conditions. However, Version III copies typically do differ somewhat in printing technique and ink color from earlier version copies. The entire background on Version I is a pale creamy yellow overall, but on the later versions the background is entirely uninked. This is one of four designs featuring varieties of this species (see below).

Species Illustrated:
Opium Poppy, Papaver somniferum varieties

Related Designs:

Other Opium Poppy Designs:
wf11 wfx11 wf12