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Aconitum laciniatum (Bruehl) Stapf in Ann. R. Bot. Gard. Calc. 10: 168, t. 108. 1905. A. ferox Wallich ex Seringe var. laciniata Bruehl in Ann. R. Bot. Gard. Calc. 5: 111. 1895, p. p. & 5: t. 111, ff. 7 - 8, 17, 30. 1896.


Nep.: Kalo-bikhoma (Darjeeling), Soorjahaushi.

Herbs, 0.5 - 1.5 m high; roots paired, tuberous; stems erect, simple, finely pubescent. Leaves scattered, basal ones decayed at flowering time; lamina fleshy, reniform, 7 - 15 cm in diam., 5-partite. Inflorescence a lax raceme or panicle of widely spaced few to many flowers. Sepals reddish purple or dark red, pubescent; uppermost sepal helmet- shaped, 2 - 2.5 x 1.2 - 1.5 cm; upper lateral sepals obovate, ca 1.6 x 1.4 cm; lower lateral sepals 1.5 x 0.5 cm. Petal head ca 12 mm long, hispidulous; spur shortly recurved. Filaments hispid. Carpels 3, rarely 4 - 5, densely pubescent. Follicles 3, divergent, linear-oblong, 18 - 25 x 5 - 6 mm, finely pubescent. Seeds transversely lamellate.

Fl. & Fr. July - Sept.

Distrib. India: Grassy slopes amongst shrubs in alpine and subalpine zones, 3500- 4500 m. West Bengal and Sikkim.

Nepal, Bhutan and China (Tibet).

Notes. Roots used medicinally and for poisoning arrows.




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