NS8279 : Monk's-hood (an Aconitum species)

taken 20 years ago, near to Milnquarter, Falkirk, Great Britain

Monk's-hood (an Aconitum species)
Monk's-hood (an Aconitum species)
This patch of Monk's-hood was growing in vegetation alongside the canal path.

[The native species of Monk's-hood is Aconitum napellus agg., the "agg." in the scientific name indicating that it is a "recording aggregate", the name given to a grouping of several subspecies that are difficult to distinguish in the field. Hybrid Monk's-hood, Aconitum cammarum, is also common, having spread from gardens and become naturalized in the wild; this is probably the species that is shown in the photo.]

According to "Flora Britannica" (Richard Mabey), Monk's-hood is "probably the most virulently poisonous of all British plants, yet its hooded, bonnet-like blue flowers have made it a favourite border plant"; the same work goes on to relate that "even skin contact can be dangerous. In 1993, there was an epidemic of poisoning at a florist's in Wiltshire: 'a flower seller was treated for heart palpitations in intensive care after handling bunches of a poisonous flower .... staff at a flower shop in Salisbury suffered shooting pains after poison from a monkshood entered their bloodstreams.'"

The plant contains several potent cardiac poisons, including aconitine. Other particularly poisonous but commonly encountered wild flowers include NS3976 : Hemlock Water-Dropwort and NS4984 : Foxglove.
Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Lairich Rig and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
NS8279, 30 images   (more nearby search)
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
June 2002   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 21 October, 2008
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
Plant (from Tags)
Near (from Tags)
Forth and Clyde Canal 
Image Buckets ?
Closeup  Life 
Wild flowers   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 821 799 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.8674N 3:53.4876W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 821 799
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map

Other Tags
Poisonous Plant 

Click a tag, to view other nearby images.

Image classification(about): Supplemental image
This page has been viewed about 440 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · Geograph Coverage Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
W Go E
thumbs up icon
You are not logged in login | register