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Delphinium tricorne

Delphinium tricorne Michx.

 

Dwarf Larkspur

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderRanunculalesBasal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
FamilyRanunculaceaeButtercup family
GenusDelphiniumFrom Greek delphinion, “larkspur”; the name is derived from the Greek for “dolphin” because of the shape of some flowers
Speciestricorne

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Dwarf larkspurs are North American natives.

Identification: Plants are 6-24" (15-60 cm) tall. Leaves near the base are on long stems, arranged loosely, up to 5" (12 cm), and deeply subdivided, somewhat palmlike in appearance. A single stem has a few alternate leaves, and is topped by a cluster of deep blue or violet or white flowers up to 6" (15 cm) tall. The attractive flowers have a spur about ¾" (2 cm) long behind them, opening into five petals. They appear from April to May. Fruits resemble groups of three tiny bean pods, each about 1" (2.5 cm) × ⅛" (5 mm).

Edibility: Poisonous Skull & Crossbones Very poisonous to cattle because of alkaloids that act as neuromuscular blocking agents; probably also poisonous to people.

Online References:

Delphinium tricorne on Missouriplants.com

Delphinium tricorne at Illinois Wildflowers

Delphinium tricorne at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Delphinium tricorne on nametheplant.net (Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia)

Delphinium tricorne at Kansas Native Plants

Delphinium tricorne at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Delphinium tricorne on the USDA Plants Database

Delphinium tricorne on Southeastern Flora, the Southeastern U.S. Plant Identification Resource

Delphinium tricorne at 2bnTheWild.com

Delphinium tricorne on eFloras

Delphinium tricorne description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Delphinium tricorne (Dwarf Larkspur)

5/28/2009 · Mesa Verde, Cortez, CO
≈ 3 × 4" (7.6 × 10 cm)

Delphinium tricorne (Dwarf Larkspur)

5/31/2009 · Grand Canyon, North Rim, AZ
≈ 1¾ × 2½" (4.7 × 6.6 cm)

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