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Aconitum noveboracense, also known as northern blue monkshood or northern wild monkshood, is a flowering plant belonging to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). Members of its genus (Aconitum) are also known as wolfsbane.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service government lists it as a threatened species. It grows in rare portions of New York State and in portions of the Driftless Area.
Northern monkshood is noted for its very distinctive, blue hood-shaped flowers. The flowers are about 1 inch in length, and a single stem may have many flowers. Stems range from about 1 to 4 feet in length. The leaves are broad with coarse, toothed lobes.
- Only found in Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York.
- Typically found on shaded to partially shaded cliffs, algific talus slopes, or on cool, streamside sites. These areas have cool soil conditions, cold air drainage, or cold groundwater flowage. On algific talus slopes, these conditions are caused by the outflow of cool air and water from ice contained in underground fissures. These fissures are connected to sinkholes and are a conduit for the air flows.
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Northern Wild monkshood (Aconitum noveboracense)
Current listing status
- States/US Territories in which the Northern Wild monkshood, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:
, New York
- US Counties in which the Northern Wild monkshood, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur:
- USFWS Refuges in which the Northern Wild monkshood, Wherever found is known to occur:
Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge
Federal Register Documents
No critical habitat rules have been published for the Northern Wild monkshood.