Cooler Tour: January 1-29-2018

Delphinium is a genus of about 300 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceaenative throughout the Northern Hemisphere and also on the high mountains of tropical Africa.[1]

All members of the Delphinium genus are toxic to humans and livestock.[2] The common name “larkspur” is shared between perennial Delphinium species and annual species of the genus Consolida.[3] Molecular data show that Consolida, as well as another segregate genus, Aconitella, are both embedded in Delphinium.[4]

The genus name Delphinium derives from the ancient greek word δελφίνιον (delphínion), meaning “larkspur”.[5][6]. The name “delphinium” also derives from the Latin for “dolphin”, referring to the shape of the nectary.

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