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Anthora, Aconitum anthora

Anthora (Aconitum anthora) also known as Yellow Monkshood or Healing Wolfsbane, is a flowering species of plant with a widespread range, but mainly found in European mountains such as the Alps and the Carpathians. It is also common in the northern parts of Asia. It is a threatened species in Czech Republic.

The root of the Anthora, was reputed to be a good antidote, and counter-poison. The plant itself is extremely toxic to livestock and humans. Even a small dose can be deadly. 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, feverish colds, pneumonia, croup, heart conditions, and cardiac arrest.

Anthora flowers from July to September.

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