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Aconitum uncinatum L.
southern blue monkshood

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General Information
Symbol: ACUN
Group: Dicot
Family: Ranunculaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : L48   N
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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family
Genus Aconitum L. – monkshood
Species Aconitum uncinatum L. – southern blue monkshood

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 2 subspecies of Aconitum uncinatum . Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles. Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend Distribution of <i>
Aconitum uncinatum</i>
L. ssp. <i>
(DC.) Hardin
Aconitum uncinatum ssp. muticum
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Aconitum uncinatum</i>
L. ssp. <i>
uncinatum </i>
Aconitum uncinatum ssp. uncinatum
southern blue monkshood

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Indiana blue monkshood Endangered
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4. Aconitum uncinatum Linnaeus, Sp. Pl., ed. 2. 1: 750. 1762.

Wild monkshood

Aconitum uncinatum subsp. muticum (de Candolle) Hardin; A . uncinatum var. acutidens Fernald

Roots tuberous, tubers distally not obviously bulblike, 10-30 × 5-15 mm, parent tuber producing several (ca. 5) daughter tubers separated from parent by connecting rhizomes 5-30 mm. Stems erect, reclining or climbing, 3-25 dm. Cauline leaves: blade 3-5-divided, usually with more than 2 mm leaf tissue between deepest sinus and base of blade, 4-10 cm wide, segment margins cleft and toothed. Inflorescences open racemes or panicles. Flowers commonly blue, 2.5-5 cm from tips of pendent sepals to top of hood; pendent sepals 10-18 mm; hood conic-hemispheric, 15-27 mm from receptacle to top of hood, 13-24 mm wide from receptacle to beak apex.

Flowering late summer (mid Aug-late Sep). Wet areas along streams and in springs, also less mesic locations in woods and clearings; 200-2000 m; Ga., Ind., Ky., Md., N.C., Ohio, Pa., S.C., Tenn., Va., W.Va.

Aconitum uncinatum grows in the Appalachian Mountains, on the Piedmont, and on the upper Atlantic Coastal Plain. It is a relatively homogeneous group divided into two intergrading subspecies by J. W. Hardin (1964).

Daughter tubers and connecting rhizomes are seldom present on herbarium specimens because they are easily dislodged during collection.

Available information suggests that Aconitum uncinatum is probably not one of the extremely toxic aconites (D. E. Brink 1982).

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