Aconitum

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family

    Ranunculaceae

  • Scientific Name

    Aconitum

  • Description

    Genus Description - Fls irregular; calyx corolloid, with unequal sep, the upper one (called the helmet) the largest, strongly arched or hooded, its tip prolonged forward and downward into a short beak; upper 2 pet concealed under the helmet, clawed, nectariferous at the tip; lower 3 pet vestigial or wanting; stamens numerous; pistils 3–5, the fr follicular; poisonous perennial herbs with broad, palmately cleft lvs and showy, mostly blue or white fls in a terminal raceme or panicle. 50+, Eurasia and N. Amer.

  • Common Names

    monkshood, aconite