Family ► Ranunculaceae.
Habitat ► Cultivated in gardens.
English ► Forking Larkspur, Larkspur, Lark's Claw, Knight's Spur.
Action ► Parasiticide. A tincture is used to destroy lice in hair.
The toxicity of the seeds is due to diterpene alkaloids (delcosine, delso-line, consolidine). Delsonine and an-thranoyllycoctonine are amorphous alkaloids.
The alkaloids lead to bradycardia, lowering of blood pressure, and cardiac arrest. Also, they have a central paralyzing and curare-like effect on the respiratory system. (German Commission E.)
Delphinium vestitium Wall. ex Royle. 207
Entire plant, including roots and seeds, is used topically. Not to be used on abraded skin.
Seeds contain 1.01-1.06% alkaloids and 28.7% of a fixed oil. A digly-coside pigment, delphonin and kaem-pferol have been isolated from the flowers.
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