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Aconitum laeve Royle, Illus. Bot. Himal. 56. 1834. A. lycoctonum aucl. non L.; Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 55. 1855 & in Fl. Brit. India 1: 28. 1872.


Kash.: Bika.

Herbs, perennial; roots elongate, cylindric, non-tuberous, ultimately breaking into slender threads or strands; stems erect, up to 2 m high, glabrous or pubescent. Basal- leaves few; petioles up to 30 cm long, usually withering at flowering time; stem leaves distant; lamina of all leaves cordate or reniform, palmately deeply 5- to 9-partite, up to 30 cm wide. Inflorescence panicled, up to 50 cm long, leafy, hairy; floral leaves 3 5-partite, inciso-dentate; pedicels erect; bracts minute. Sepals white, yellowish or dull purple, hairy; uppermost sepals helmet-shaped with a short beak; upper lateral sepals orbicular, with a short broad claw; lower sepals elliptic obtuse. Petals and filaments glabrous. Carpels 3, divergent, covered with yellowish hairs or glabrous. Follicles 3, divergent, glabrous or yellowish hirsute. Seeds transversely rugose.



KEY TO THE VARIETIES


1a. Hairs curled, sometimes straight on uppermost sepal 17.1. curvipilosum
b. Hairs straight, spreading 17.2. laeve


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