English Musk Larkspur.
Ayurvedic Sprikkaa. (Melilotus
officinalis,
known as Aspurka or
Naakhunaa, is also equated with
Spril±aa.) Used as a substitute for
Tagara (valerian).
Action Himalayan species act as cardiac and respiratory depressant. All the species of Delphinium are poisonous; find use in indigenous

medicine for destroying maggots in wounds, particularly in sheep. The flowers are considered acrid, bitter and astringent; seeds are
cathartic, anthelmintic, emetic and insecticidal.
Delphinium cashmirianum
Royle.
Family Ran unculaceae.
Habitat Kashmir (Himalayan species).
English Kashmir Larkspur.
Ayurvedic Used as a substitute for Tagara (valerian).
Action See D. brunonianum.
Delphinium consolida Linn Synonym D. ajacis Linn.
Family
Ranunculaceae.
Habitat Cultivated in gardens.
English Forking Larkspur, Larkspur, Lark’s Claw, Knight’s Spur.
Action Parasiticide. A tincture is used to destroy lice in hair.
The toxicity of the seeds is due to diterpene alkaloids (delcosine, delsoline, consolidine). Delsonine and anthranoyllycoctonine are amorphous alkaloids.
The alkaloids lead to bradycardia, lowering of blood pressure, and cardiac arrest. Also, they have a central paralyzing and curare-like effect on the respiratory system.
(German Comm ission E.)

Delphinium vestitium Wall. ex Royle.

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Entire plant, including roots and seeds, is used topically. Not to be used on abraded skin.
Seeds contain 1.01—L06% alkaloids and 28.7% of a fixed oil. A diglycoside pigment, deiphonin and kaempferol have been isolated from the flowers.

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