Syn.: Aconitum jacquini Rchb., Delphinium anthora (L.) Baill.
Family: Ranunculaceae Juss.
Aconitum anthora
Distribution: Eurasian species with a disjunct distribution – from northern Spain through central and eastern Europe to eastern Siberia. It is a very variable species with a number of subspecies and varieties.
Ecology: It grows on sunny slopes, in forest margins, often on limestone, mainly in the mountains. It blooms from August to September.
Description: Perennial herbs, 25–100 cm tall. Stem erect, leafy; leaves alternate, petiolate, divided 3 or 4 times completely to the base or midrib, segments not more than 3 mm wide, linear. Inflorescence simple or branched, with eglandular hairs; flowers yellow, perianth persistent, helmet not more than twice as high as wide, 8–12 × 14–16 mm, hemispherical. The fruits are usually (3–)5 follicles.
Threat and protection: The Yellow Monkshood is protected by law in Czechia, Slovakia and Serbia.
Note: This poisonous species was used in the traditional medicine and it is still occasionally grown in gardens as an ornamental plant.
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These images were taken in Slovakia, Burda (by Ladislav Hoskovec, August 20, 2004), and in France, Alpes Maritimes, Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée, Le Pra (by Alena Vydrová, September 16, 2010).