|Copyright: JULIAN BERNAL (JulianJose)
|Date Taken: 2008-08-11|
|Exposure: f/4.2, 1/250 seconds|
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|Date Submitted: 2008-11-03 13:27|
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Aconitum napellus (Monkshood, "aconite", "Wolf's Bane", Fuzi, "Monk's Blood", or "Monk's Hood") is a species of Aconitum in the family Ranunculaceae, native and endemic to western and central Europe.
It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1 m tall, with hairless stems and leaves. The leaves are rounded, 5-10 cm diameter, palmately divided into five to seven deeply lobed segments. The flowers are dark purple to bluish-purple, narrow oblong helmet-shaped, 1-2 cm tall.
Like other species in the genus, A. napellus contains several poisonous compounds, including enough cardiac poison that it was used on spears and arrows for hunting and battle in ancient times. A. napellus has a long history of use as a poison, with cases going back thousands of years. During the ancient Roman period of European history the plant was often used to eliminate criminals and enemies, and by the end of the period it was banned and any one growing A. napellus could have been legally sentenced to death. Aconites have been used more recently in murder plots; they contain the Chemical alkaloids aconitine, mesaconitine, hypaconitine and jesaconitine, which are highly toxic.
El acónito común (Aconitum napellus L.) es una planta de la familia Ranunculaceae, perenne, lampiña, de 1 m o más, con hojas palmadas profundamente recortadas, flores azules o violetas de 3 a 4 cm de diámetro. Se encuentra junto a los cursos de agua y en los bosques. Es extremadamente tóxica por contener un potente alcaloide, la aconitina. 1 mg de aconitina es letal para un adulto de 80 kg de peso.
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