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Aconitum angustifolium
Aconitum angustifolium
Narrow Lived Aconite (?)
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0321 2054 (2021-03-14)

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  • date of photo  Jul 31, 2006
  • latitude 46.20824   longitude 13.54626     View on Google Maps.
  • location   East of Mt. Matajur, 1.643 m (5.387 feet), next to the old forest road from village Livek, altitude 1.400 m (4.600 feet), Udine region (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy)
  • notes   Slo.: ozkolistna preobjeda - Habitat: grassland, pasture, next to and abandoned dirt road; moderately inclined mountain slope, southwest aspect; warm, sunny place; calcareous ground; elevation 1.400 m (4.600 feet); average precipitations ~ 2.800 mm/year, average temperature 4 - 6 deg C, alpine phytogeographical region. - Substratum: soil. - Comment: (relates to the album Aconitum angustifolium): Aconitum angustifolium is a beautiful, statuesque, up to 1.3 m tall plant, which is difficult to oversee. But it is quite scattered, not really common. It is a narrow endemic, which can be admired in free nature only in montane and subalpine elevations in some parts of the Julian Alps. Most records are from Slovenian part of them (mostly Soča valley and around locus classicus near Bohinj lake) and a few are known from Friuli region in northeast Italy. Aconitum angustifolium is one of the most poisonous plants known, full of powerful alkaloids and therefore very interesting for pharma industry. It is hexaploid. It is believed that its origin was a hybrid between more common tetraploid Aconitum tauricum and (most probably) diploid Aconitum paniculatum (Ref.:2). - Ref. (1) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 132. (2) T. Wraber, Sto znamenitih rastlin na Slovenskem (Hundred famous plants of Slovenia) (in Slovenian), Prešernova družba (1990), p 104. (3) D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat, Flora Alpina, Vol. 1., Haupt (2004), p 134. (4) H. Sauerbier, W. Langer, Alpenpflanzen: Endemiten von den Ligurischen Alpen bis zum Wiener Schneeberg (III), IHW-Verlag (2005), p 40.
  • camera   Nikon D70 /Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_0141/2006_DSC2565
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Narrow Lived Aconite (?) (photographer)
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