Common name: Larkspur

similar to Delphinium brunonianum Royle, but with long stalked flowers.

Family: Ranunculaceae


Ethnobotany: Plants of this genus are all poisonous; medicinal purposes: cardiac and respiratory depressant; used in local medicine for destroying maggots in wounds of livestock (especially sheep); flowers are astringent; seeds are “cathartic, emetic and insecticidal” (Khare 2007)

Photos: Top: Ghondoghoro Glacier, ca. 4800 m. K. Hewitt, 2013. Species also occurred at high altitudes in Thalle Valley (Hewitt 2016 unpubl data).

Bottom (left specimens): Collected in Thalle valley near the top of the slope, ca. 4100 m July 15, N. Hewitt.  Species ID # 75, photo # DSC_0293 (classified as Delphinium brunonianum Royle, but may be D. cashmerianum)


Sources and additional resources:

Khare C. (2007) Delphinium brunonianum Royle. In: Khare C. (eds) Indian Medicinal Plants. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-70638-2_474

Polunin, O. and A. Stainton (1999). Flowers of the Himalaya. Oxford University Press, Delhi. Entry 20 (p. 6; plate 2).

WFO (2021): Delphinium cashmerianum Royle. Online at: http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000639866. Accessed: 15 Jul 2021