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Delphinium viscosum Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 52. 1855 & in Fl. Brit. India 1: 27. 1872. D. conocentrom D. Chatterjee in Kew Bull. 1948: 57. 1948. D. trilobatum Huth in Bull. Herb. Boiss. 1: 330. 1893.


Perennial herbs; stems erect, 20 - 60 cm high, with short yellowish glandular hairs. Lower leaves with petioles up to 20 cm long, upper ones shorter; lamina suborbicular, reniform, 3 - 10 cm across, palmately 5 - 7-lobed; lobes cuneate, toothed at apex, 7 - 15 mm broad. Flowers few, in lax corymbs or racemes; pedicels 2 - 10 cm long, glandular- hairy, ascending; bracts oblong, 3 - 5 cm long, entire or lobed; bracteoles similar, 1 - 2 cm long, borne near flowers. Sepals violet-blue to purple; lamina of upper sepal broadly ovate, 18 - 23 mm long and broad; spur incurved; lateral sepals 22 - 25 mm long and broad. Petals dark purple, lower bearded; lamina of upper petals 12 - 15 x 3 mm, divided into 2 narrow lobes; lamina of lower petals oblong, ca 10 x 3 mm, bifid up to middle into linear lobes, stiff pubescent. Stamens 6 - 7 mm long, glabrous. Follicles 3, glabrous. Seeds winged on angles.

Fl. & Fr. July - Oct.

Distrib. India: Alpine cliff edges in E. Himalayas, 3600 - 4700 m. Sikkim.

Bhutan and Nepal.




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