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Aconitum falconeri Stapf in Ann. R. Bot. Gard. Calc. 10: 163. 1905. A. ferox auct. non Wallich ex Seringe; Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 28. 1872, p.p.


Herbs, biennial; roots paired, tuberous, up to 12 cm long, ca 2.5 cm thick; stems erect, up to 2 m high, simple below, branched above, finely puberulous. Leaves scattered; lower petioles up to 12 cm long; upper leaf-blades palmately 3 - 5-partite; lobes narrowly cuneate-ovate of broadly deltoid or trapezoid, sparingly hairy. Inflorescence terminal, stiff, erect, dense raceme, finely pubescent with soft hairs or tomentose with spreading hairs; lower pedicels nearly 4 cm long; bracts pinnately lobed. Sepals blue with dark tips, pubescent, helmet-shaped, shortly beaked. Petals (honey scales) minutely hispid. Carpels 5,glabrous, black when dry. Follicles 5, erect, glabrous; seeds winged along raphe; testa plaited.



KEY TO THE VARIETIES


1a. Lobes of leaves narrowly cuneate-ovate; inflorescence finely pubescent with soft hairs 7.1. falconeri
b. Lobes of leaves broadly deltoid or trapezoid; inflorescence tomentose with spreading hairs 7.2. latilobum


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