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Aconitum lycoctonum

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Aconitum lycoctonum (northern wolfsbane) (Hindi : Bikh बिख )[1] is a species of flowering plant in the genus Aconitum, of the family Ranunculaceae, native to Europe and northern Asia.[2][3]

Lycoctonum is a rendering in modern Latin of the traditional name "wolf's bane".[4]

It is an herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1 m tall. The leaves are palmately lobed with four to six deeply cut lobes. The flowers are 18–25 mm long, dark violet, rarely pale yellow.[5]

Like all species in the genus, it is poisonous.[5]


  1. ^ Pharmacographica indica Vol 1
  2. ^ Flora Europaea: Aconitum lycoctonum
  3. ^ Germplasm Resources Information Network: Aconitum lycoctonum
  4. ^ Shorter Oxford English dictionary, 6th ed. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2007. p. 3804. ISBN 0199206872. 
  5. ^ a b Blamey, M. & Grey-Wilson, C. (1989). Flora of Britain and Northern Europe. ISBN 0-340-40170-2


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