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1. Aconitum reclinatum A. Gray, Amer. J. Sci. Arts. 42: 34. 1842.

Trailing wolfsbane

Roots slender, elongate, fascicled. Stems erect, reclining or climbing, 6-25 dm. Cauline leaves: blade 3-7-divided with more than 4mm leaf tissue between deepest sinus and base of blade, 12-20 cm wide, segment margins cleft and toothed. Inflorescences open racemes or panicles. Flowers white to cream colored, 18-30 mm from tips of pendent sepals to top of hood; pendent sepals 7-10 mm; hood conic to nearly cylindric, 15-23 mm from receptacle to top of hood, 4-12 mm wide from receptacle to beak apex.

Flowering late spring-summer (Jun-Sep). Shaded ravines of woods in mountains and upper piedmont; to 1700 m; N.C., Pa., Va., W.Va.

The only American species of Aconitum sect. Lycoctonum de Candolle, A . reclinatum exhibits elongate, fasciculate roots and the tall, conic-cylindric hood characteristic of that section.


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