Delphinium brunonianum

Royle.

Family ► Ranunculaceae.

Habitat ► Native to China; distributed in West Himalayas.

English ► Musk Larkspur.

Ayurvedic ► Sprikkaa. (Melilotus officinalis, known as Aspurka or Naakhunaa, is also equated with Sprikkaa.) Used as a substitute for Tagara (valerian).

Action ► Himalayan species act as cardiac and respiratory depressant. All the species of Delphinium are poisonous; find use in indigenous medicine for destroying maggots in wounds, particularly in sheep. The flowers are considered acrid, bitter and astringent; seeds are cathartic, anthelmintic, emetic and insecticidal.

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