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Wall. ex Royle.

Synonym ► Delphinium elatum auct. non Linn.

D. speciosum Janka ex Nym.

Family ► Ranunculaceae.

Habitat ► The temperate Himalaya from Kashmir to Nepal to 2,7004,700 m.

English ► Candle Larkspur, Bee Larkspur.

Ayurvedic ► Nirvisha.

Action ► Whole plant—cardiac and respiratory depressant, emetic, diuretic, anthelmintic. Seed— insecticidal. Used in skin eruptions. Powdered flowers, mixed with mustard oil, are used for destroying lica.

The plant contains beta-sitosterol and alkaloid delpheline; aerial parts contain an alkaloid, elatine.

Seeds are very poisonous; contain several aconitine-like alkaloids. Del- phinidine, isolated from seeds, causes drastic gastro-enteric irritation.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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