Consolida regalis Gray, 181
Common names: Forking Larkspur, Rocket-larkspur, Field larkspur [En], Pied d’alouette royal, Dauphinelle consoude, Dauphinelle des champs [Fr], Wilde ridderspoor [Nl], Gewöhnlicher Feldrittersporn [De], Speronella consolida [It], Consuelda real [Es], Κονσολίδα η βασιλική, Κονσολίντα φοβοειδής [Gr], Tarla hazeranı [Tu]
Elatochori, PIERIA ● Greece
Description: Annual herbaceous plant reaching on average 30–80 cm (12–31 in) of height. The stem is erect, hairy and very branched at the top.
The leaves are alternately arranged.
The inflorescence is a cluster with five to eight hermaphrodite flowers. They are dark blue or purple, with five sepals. The upper sepal is prolonged in a spur of 15–18 millimetres (0.59–0.71 in) long, pointing toward the back. There are eight to ten stamens.
Biology: The flowering period extends from May through August. The flowers are pollinated by hymenoptera and lepidoptera. The roots grow into the soil up to a depth of 50 centimetres (20 in), so the plant can survive long periods of drought. The seeds ripen from June through September. All plant parts are poisonous in large doses, especially the seeds, that contain up to 1.4% of alkaloids.
Habitat: It is common in dry weedy places and roadside ditches, and in cereal crop fields, on sandy or chalky soils. It is present at an altitude of 0–1,200 metres (0–3,900 ft) above sea level.
Distribution: Northern, Central and Eastern Europe (from the Baltic States to France, Russia, Ukraine and the Balkan Peninsula); Western Asia (Turkey, Georgia, western Siberia); Northern Africa. The plant has become quite rare in central and southern Europe because of the increased use of herbicides and intensive soil cultivation.
Caution: All parts of the plant are poisonous in large doses. The seed is especially toxic.
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