Aconitum columbianum ssp. columbianum


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Scientific Name Aconitum columbianum ssp. columbianum USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Monk's Hood ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine; woodlands, meadows, wetlands.
Plant: Erect perennial 1 to 5 feet tall, usually single, flexible and smooth stems.
Leaves: Up to 6 inches across, deeply divided into 3 to 5 jagged, toothed lobes, becoming smaller and fewer lobes upward; smooth to finely pubescent. Subspecies columbianum has no bulblets at the leaf/stem axils.
Inflorescence: Deep purple flowers in open raceme (spike), each with showy sepals; petals hidden under the upper "hood" sepal.
References: Descr. adapted from Jepsen Herbarium, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Colorado Status

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