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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