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Aconitum anthora

Yellow Monkshood

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Aconitum
Species: A. anthora
Binomial name
Aconitum anthora

Aconitum anthora, variously known as Anthora, Yellow Monkshood, or Healing Wolfsbane, is a yellow flowering plant species of the genus Aconitum in the family Ranunculaceae.

It's native range is widespread, but mainly in European mountains, such as the Alps and the Carpathians, and the northern parts of Asia. Like all Aconitum species, it has great variability, due to isolation and hybridisation. Because of this polymorphism, Aconitum anthora is included in the Aconitum vulparia-group. It flowers from July to September.

Historically, its root, which is tuberous, was reputed to be a good antidote, and counter-poision to poisons from 'thora'[1] or Aconitum pardalianches, whence its naming anthora or "against thora". This plant is extremely toxic to livestock and humans. Even small doses can be deadly.

The root contains a large amount of volatile salt and essential oil, while the foliage and stems contain diterpenoid alkaloids. It has been used externally against rheumatism and deep pain, but it can irritate the skin. Internally, it has been used for weak pulse, vegetable poisons (shoot), feverish colds, pneumonia, croup, heart conditions, and cardiac arrest.

It is considered[citation needed] a threatened plant in the Czech Republic.


  • Aconitum pseudanthora Blocki ex Pacz.
  • Aconitum eulophum Rchb.
  • Aconitum jacquinii Rchb.
  • Aconitum nemorosum M.Bieb.


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  • Aconitum anthora. Herbal Harmony's Directory. Retrieved on 2006-01-16.
  • This article incorporates content from the 1728 Cyclopaedia, a publication in the public domain.
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