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Aconitum fletcherianum Taylor in J. Roy. Hort. Soc. 77. 1952.


Herbs, perennial, with dwarf habit, 7 - 12 cm high; roots long, fusiform, breaking up below into cord-like strands. Leaves all radical, laxly rosulate; petioles slender, 3 - 14 cm long, glabrous; lamina orbicular-cordate to reniform, 3- to 5-partite nearly to base, 1 - 3 x 2 - 4 cm; ultimate lobes 3 - 4 mm broad, acute. Flowers solitary, bright blue purple or violet with a white outer edge; pedicel bearing ternately divided 0.7 - 1.5 cm long bracteole above the middle. Uppermost sepal boat-shaped, 2.5 - 3 x 1 - 1.2 cm; lateral sepals ovate or obovate, 2 - 2.5 cm long, broad. Petal head 4 - 5 mm long, funnel-shaped with a finger-like spur and rounded entire lamina. Filaments and anthers dark bluish or even blackish. Carpels 6 - 8, sparingly pubescent. Follicles not seen.

Fl. July - Oct.

Distrib. India; Alpine rocks, cliff edges, grassy slopes of E. Himalayas, 4000 - 4700 m. Arunachal Pradesh.

Bhutan.

Notes. A perennial dwarf plant with solitary flowers, very unusual for the subgenus Lycoctonum.




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