Adonis vernalis

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Adonis vernalis
Adonis vernalis gonsenheim.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Adonis
Species: A. vernalis
Binomial name
Adonis vernalis

Adonis vernalis, known variously as pheasant's eye, spring pheasant's eye, yellow pheasant's eye and false hellebore, is a perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae It is found in dry meadows and steppes in Eurasia. Isolated populations are found from Spain in the west across Central Europe with fine examples in Valais, Switzerland, and southern Europe, reaching southern Sweden in the north and Abruzzo in the south,[1] with its main area of distribution being the Pannonian Basin and the West Siberian Plain.[2] In contrast to most other European Adonis species, the flowers appear in springtime, and are up to 80 mm in diameter, with up to 20 bright yellow petals.

The plant is poisonous, containing cardiostimulant compounds, such as adonidin and aconitic acid.[3] In addition, it is often used as an ornamental plant.[4]

(Green false hellebore, sometimes also called simply "false hellebore," is Veratrum viride, a member of the lily family.)

Diagram of Adonis vernalis

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  1. ^ "Scoperta una nuova specie vegetale rara nel Parco Sirente Velino". NewsTown. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Den virtuella floran: Adonis vernalis". Retrieved 17 April 2006. 
  3. ^ "King's American Dispensatory: Adonis". Retrieved 17 April 2006. 
  4. ^ Bailey, L. H. (2005). Manual of Gardening (Second Edition). Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. 

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