from the generic name Camissonia and the Greek opsis, "aspect, view, appearance," thus meaning "having the appearance of Camissonia."
Camissonia was named for Ludolf Karl Adelbert von Chamisso (1781-1838), who was a botanist on the ship Rurik which visited California in 1816, and who named the California poppy for his friend Dr. Johann Friedrich Gustav von Eschscholtz. [In return, Eschscholtz named a variety of plants, including the genus Camissonia, after Chamisso.]
Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
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Consortium of California Herbaria.[web application]. 2021. Berkeley, California:The Calflora Database
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https://www.calflora.org/(Accessed: Jan 25, 2021).