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The Poison plant: Nilobikh or Bikobikh or Akphale in Nepali.

Here is an interesting lesson for the Trek Earth members:
While trekking to Sandakphu, Niladidi at Tumling detailed me about this plant. Both the sides of the trek route at Bikhey Bhanjan and Sandakphu was full with this plant. I snapped a few and this was the best.

Scientific Name: Aconitum ferox
A Perennial herb. Its bulbous root is highly poisonous. A cardiac poison acting directly on the heart muscles. It is available from 10,000 to 14,000 feet of altitude. Flowering (blue colour) time is from July to August. The effective alkaloids of the root are used for making medicines (Homeopath medicine 'Aconite').

The name of the last village Bikhey Bhanjan on the trekking trail to Sandakphu has been derived from its name, as the whole area is full of these wild herbs. Bikh = Poison. Bikhey Bhanjan = Valley of Poison.

Trekking detail and map of Sandakphu and labelled peaks are in the web page of Sandakphu
Dr. J. Bhunia

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  • Copyright: DrJ Bhunia (bhuniatrekearth) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 145 N: 206] (764)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-10-15
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-07-15 13:49
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