YASIN J. NASIR
Aconitum kashmiricum Stapf ex Coventry
Fl. Per.: July-August.
Lectotype: Hazara, Kagan, Inayat 23296 (K).
B-7 Swat: above Utrot, R.R. Stewart & A. Rahman 25211 (RAW), Chitral: W. of Drosh, Stainton 3205 (RAW,BM), Hazara: Kaghan vy., Oct. 1926, V. Pelts s.n. (RAW), Kagan, Hassandin 12 (RAW), id., M.A. Kazmi 1663 (RAW,K¬UH), Musa-Ka-Musalla, Saleem Mirza 12 (RAW), B-8 Kashmir: Tragbal Pass, R.R. & I.D. Stewart 4810 (RAW).
Distribution: N.W. Himalaya from Chitral eastward to Kashmir.
Barely differing from the type variety except in the shallow incised bracts and glabrous follicles. Coventry’s figure (op.cit.) of Aconitum kashmiricum with few bright blue flowers and incised bracts is no doubt identical with Aconitum heterophyllym var. bracteatum. The taxon described as Aconitum heterophyllum subsp. parciflorum is identical. The diagnostic characters, mentioned by the authors, as the 5-lobed suborbicular leaves and 2-flowered inflorescence are also found in Aconitum heterophyllum var. bracteatum, such as in R.R. Stewart 1073 from Swat, K.M. Vaid 24287 from Kangra valley (Inflorescence 1-2-flowered) and M. Sulyman 5 from Kagan (leaves ovate to suborbicular, flowers 1-2), M.A. Siddiqi 41041 from Deosai (leaves suborbicular to ovate), R.R Stewart and E. Nasir from Kashmir and Stainton 3205 from Drosh (Inflorescence 2-flowered).
Other gatherings which appear to be of an intermediate nature are: R.R. Stewart 10503 (RAW) and R.L. Badhwar 5701 (RAW).