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Aconitum moschatum (Bruehl) Stapf in Ann. R. Bot. Gard. Calc. 10: 139 - 140. 1905. A. ferox Wallich ex Seringe subsp. moschatum Bruehl in Ann. R. Bot. Gard. Calc. 5: 109. 1896.


Herbs, perennial; roots cylindric, ultimately breaking into strands; stems up to 70 cm high, erect from a collar, covered by old leaf bases, unbranched up to top, ca 90 cm high. Leaves few, arising from collar; petioles up to 30 cm long; lamina orbicular-cordate or subreniform, ca 9 mm wide; cauline leaves 1 - 3, similar to basal leaves, but smaller, both palmately 5-partite. Inflorescence racemose, up to 40 cm long; axis viscid-tomentose; pedicels erect. Sepals variegated, purple outside, yellowish green at lower part, covered with yellow spreading hairs at base; uppermost sepal boat-shaped, without beak 1.5 - 2 x 0.7 - 1 cm; upper lateral sepals obliquely obovate; lower lateral sepals obovate with round tips. Petals and filaments glabrous; anthers black. Carpels 3, contiguous, scattered hairy, oblique. Follicles 1 - 3, glandular hairy, ca 2 cm long; seeds transversely lamellate.

Fl. & Fr. Aug. - Sept.

Distrib. India: Jammu & Kashmir.

Endemic.

Notes. Chromosome no. n = 8 (Virjee, Dhar & Kachroo in Taxon 32: 321. 1983).




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