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Aconitum balfouri Stapf in Ann. R. Bot. Gard. Calc. 10: 160, t. 104. 1905.A. ferox auct. non Wallich ex Seringe; Wallich, Pl. As. Rar. 1: 35. 1830, p. p. & Cat. 167, no. 4721. 1831, p. p. A. ferox var. atrox Bruehl in Ann. R. Bot. Gard. Calc. 5: 110. 1895. A. atrox (Bruehl) Mukerjee in Bull. Bot. Surv. India 3: 101. 1962.

Hindi: Haldu-mitha.

Herbs, biennial; roots paired or temate; stems erect, up to 1 m high, robust. Basal leaves decayed at the time of flowering; lower petioles up to 7.5 cm long. Inflorescence up to 30 cm long, many-flowered, with yellowish tomentum. Sepals blue, pubescent; uppermost helmet-shaped. Petals glabrous. Filaments hispidulous. Carpels 5, yellowish tomentose. Follicles oblong, loosely hairy. Seeds broadly winged along raphe.

Fl. & Fr. Sept. - Oct.

Distrib. India: Subalpine W. Himalayas. Uttar Pradesh.


Notes. Roots used locally In medicine.

Stapf (I. c.) reports var. rhombifolium Stapf from Garhwal Himalayas in Uttar Pradesh.


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