Monk's Hood (Common name)

General poisoning notes:

Monk's hood (Aconitum napellus) is an outdoor ornamental herb. The plant contains poisonous alkaloids, which have proved toxic in humans when accidentally ingested (e.g., aconitine; see Fiddes 1958). Few cases of animal poisoning occur (Kingsbury 1964).

References:

  • Fiddes, F. S. 1958. Poisoning by aconitine. Report of two cases. Br. Med. J., 2: 779-780.

Nomenclature:

Scientific Name:
Aconitum napellus L.
Vernacular name(s):
monk's hood
Scientific family name:
Ranunculaceae
Vernacular family name:
crowfoot

Go to ITIS*ca for more taxonomic information on: Aconitum napellus

References:

  • Agriculture Quebec. 1975. Noms des maladies des plantes du Canada/ Names of plant diseases in Canada. , Quebec City, Que., Canada. 288 pp.
  • Alex, J. F., Cayouette, R., Mulligan, G. A. 1980. Common and botanical names of weeds in Canada/Noms populaire et scientifiques des plantes nuisibles du Canada. Revised. Agric. Can. Publ., Ottawa, Ont., Canada. 132 pp.
  • Bailey, L. H., Bailey, E. Z. 1976. Hortus third. Revised. MacMillan, New York, N.Y., USA. 1290 pp.
  • Scoggan, H. J. 1978, 1979. The flora of Canada. Nat. Mus. Nat. Sci. (Ottawa) Publ. Bot. 7(1)-7(4). 1711 pp.
  • Van Wijk, H. L. 1911. A dictionary of plant names. Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, The Netherlands. 1444 pp.
  • Victorin, M. 1964. Flore Laurentienne. 2nd ed. Univ. Montreal, Montreal, Que., Canada. 952 pp.

Geographic Information

Plant or plant parts used in or around the home.

References:

  • Bailey, L. H., Bailey, E. Z. 1976. Hortus third. Revised. MacMillan, New York, N.Y., USA. 1290 pp.
  • Boivin, B. 1966, 1967. Énumération des plantes du Canada. Provencheria 6. Nat. Can. (Que.) 93: 253-274; 371-437; 583-646; 989-1063. 94: 131-157; 471-528; 625-655.

Image or illustration

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Toxic parts:

  • all parts
  • leaves
  • roots

References:

  • Lampe, K. F., McCann, M. A. 1985. AMA Handbook of poisonous and injurious plants. American Medical Assoc. Chicago, Ill., USA. 432 pp.

Toxic plant chemicals:

  • aconitine

References:

  • Bonisteel, W. J. 1940. Polyploidy in relation to chemical analysis. J. Am. Pharm. Assoc., 6: 404-408.
  • Fiddes, F. S. 1958. Poisoning by aconitine. Report of two cases. Br. Med. J., 2: 779-780.

Animals/Human Poisoning:

Note: When an animal is listed without additional information, the literature (as of 1993) contained no detailed explanation.

Humans

General symptoms of poisoning:

References:

  • Fiddes, F. S. 1958. Poisoning by aconitine. Report of two cases. Br. Med. J., 2: 779-780.

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