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Aconitum anthora L.

Synonym
  • Aconitum eulophum Rchb.
  • Aconitum jacquinii Rchb.
  • Aconitum pseudanthora Wender.
Vernacular Name
Yellow Monkshood, Anthora, Healing Wolfsbane
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Conservation status
No status defined
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Detail
Occurrence: Ab(A), Ar, Au(A), BH, -Bu, Cg, -Co, Cs, Ct, Ga(F), Gg(A, D, G), He, Hs(A, S), Hu, It, Mo, Rf(C, CS, E), Rm, Sk, Sl, SM, Sr, Tu(A), Uk(K, U) (EuroMed, 2019). Its native range is widespread, but mainly in European mountains, such as the Alps and the Carpathians, and the northern parts of Asia. Like all Aconitum species, it has great variability, due to isolation and hybridisation. Because of this polymorphism, A. anthora is included in the Aconitum vulparia group. It flowers from July to September. The name anthora or "against thora" stems from the historic reputation that the plant's tuberous root was a good antidote to poisons from 'thora' or Aconitum pardalianches, a plant that is extremely toxic to livestock and humans, with even small doses being potentially deadly. The root contains a large amount of volatile salt and essential oil, while the foliage and stems contain diterpenoid alkaloids. It has been used externally against rheumatism and deep pain, but it can irritate the skin. Internally, it has been used for weak pulse, vegetable poisons (shoot), feverish colds, pneumonia, croup, heart conditions, and cardiac arrest.
Book reference
Experts
  • Andriy NOVIKOV, Dr, e-mail: novikoffav@gmail.com

Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Plantae
Viridiplantae
Tracheophyta
Euphyllophytina
Magnoliopsida
Ranunculales
Ranunculaceae
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