by Stephen Mifsud
   22 Jun 2024      ()
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Delphinium halteratum   (Winged Larkspur)

Delphinium halteratum  (RANUNCULACEAE.) 
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Profile Date July-2006 (taxon update: July-2006)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Delphinium halteratum - datasheet created on July-2006. Retrieved from on 22-Jun-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Delphinium halteratumSm.
Published in Fl. Graec. Prodr. 1: 37 (1809)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Delphinium longipes Moris
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Ranunculaceae Juss. (The Buttercup Family)
23 species from the Ranunculaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Winged Larkspur

Maltese name(s) :

Sieq il-ħamiema

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE ( annual plants, herbaceous )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

June – July

Colour of Flowers:

Blue or Violet


Toxic, and may lead to irreversible damage or death if consumed in large quantities

Name Derivation :

Delphinium: The name is derived from the resemblance of the bud or flower to the head of a miniature dolphin (=delphinus). (Latin origin )
halteratum: Derivation unknown, but possibly referring to alteratum (altered) for the altered (= resembling) or 'not exactly the same' shape of the flower with the shape of a dolphin. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Arable land, pastures, open land with loamy soil
Preferred habitat in Malta: Fallow or post-harvested fields or field tracks.
Botanical Description: Stems 10-80 cm, minutely appressed-pubescent (rarely glabrous), few- or many-branched; branches sometimes long and erecto-patent, but not virgate. Inflorescence up to 50-flowered, the flowers violet-blue. Perianth-segments 7-12 mm, minutely and more or less densely appressed-pubescent. Follicles 6-10(-11) mm, 2½-4½ times as long as wide.
Distributional range: S.W. Europe, extending eastwards to S. Italy.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
? Ag Al Bl(I) Bu Ct Ga(F) -Gr Hs(A S) It Jo Li Lu Mk Sa Si(M S) SM Sr -Sy -Tn -Tu(A E) [aGa(F) dMa]

Links & Further literature (1 papers)

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Vienna Virt. Herb.

RBGE Herbarium

KEW Herbarium




Nomenclatural revision of Delphinium subg. Consolida (DC.) Huth (Ranunculaceae) DuPasquier et al.  (2021)
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Species Images (33 images)
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-0.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-1.
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   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-9.
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   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-11.
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   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-13.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-14.
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   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-16.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-17.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-18.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-19.
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   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-21.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-22.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-23.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-24.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-25.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-26.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-27.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-28.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-29.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-30.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-31.
   Delphinium halteratum   -   Image Code: DLPHL-32.

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