Himalayan monkshood, Monk’s hood, Indian aconite • Hindi: वचनाग Vachnag;

Images by Tapas Chakrabarty, Identified by Gurcharan Singh (Inserted by J.M.Garg)



ID please.

I hope Aconitum ferox

Thank you …, In fact specimens were collected for Pharmacognostic studies.



SK1662 20 Dec 2018 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- 2,3 & 1 mb.

Location : Chandragiri Hills, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation : 2350 m.
Date : 12 December 2018

Habit : Wild

Aconitum ferox Wall. ex Ser.  ??

Looks different from images at

Any suggestions?

Only Aconitum ferox Wall. ex Ser.  is listed according to the book Flora of Kathmandu Valley !.
Excerpts from the book Below:
Aconitum ferox Wall. ex Seringe, Mus. Helv. l : I60 t. f. 43, 44 (I823)-Fl. Brit. Ind. 1 :28 (l872)- Hara in Fl. E. Himal. 86 (I966).
An erect herb with rhizomatous root. Stem terete, slender, leafy. Leaf radical as well as cauline, palmate, 5-fid, rounded or oval, 6-I8 cm across, lobes cuneate, ovate, incised with a pointed apex, puberulous or tomentose. Inflorescence a long erect, terminal dense flowered raceme. Flower large, irregular, greenish deep blue. Sepals 5, petaloid, posterior one hooded, lateral 4 flat, tomentose. Stamens numerous: filaments short, dilated; anther globose, dorsifixed, 2 lobed. Follicle 3, nearly equalling the hood, flattened. Ovule solitary. Fruit of 3 follicles.
Distribution : Eastern Himalaya (Nepal to Bhutan); in Nepal-east, central and west. Ecology : Occurs on moist and shady place.
Uses :
Local name .’ Bikh (F18)-
Flowering .’ Sept.
Fruiting .’
Place of collection : Chandragiri, 2270 m.;

Alamy : Ay resemblance to the link??

One more link :Indian Medicinal Plants 

There seems to be lot of variation in the leaves as per above links and GBIF


Aconitum for id – Tamzey village, East Sikkim – blue flower
 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)
ID please

Aconitum ferox Wall. ex Seringe

There is no A. ferox in India now, most of it is A. balfouri now

Thank you … for new information. By the way POWO, CoLand GBIF still displaying A. frerox!

Yes, appears close to images at Aconitum ferox and specimens from India in GBIF– specimen 1 and specimen 2


Aconitum ferox Wall. ex Ser. : 10 very high resolution images.
Location: Kathmandu Valley
Date:  October 2020 
Elevation: 2400m.
Habitat  : Wild
Nepali Names : सेतो बिख Seto Bikh / निलो बिख  Nilo Bikh

A.heterophylloides syn. A.ferox var. heterophylloides Brühl ?

No …!


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