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Arnica griscomii subsp. frigida Arnica griscomii subsp. frigida synonyms Arnica frigida Arnica frigida ssp. frigida Arnica snyderi Arnica louiseana ssp. frigida Arnica frigida var. glandulosa Arnica louiseana var. brevifolia Arnica louiseana var. frigida Arnica louiseana var. illiamnae Arnica louiseana var. mendenhallii Arnica louiseana var. pilosa Maguire Arnica griscomii subsp. griscomii (Newfoundland and Québec)
Note on scientific names, synonyms, and subspecies: The descriptions in this post are for Arnica griscomii and the subspecies Arnica griscomii subsp. frigida. There are many arnicas and there is not total agreement on nomenclature in much literature or online. I am using the ITIS accepted names, as they should be the most up-to-date. However, these are also very commonly listed as Arnica frigida – as described by Verna Pratt in the Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers.
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Arnicas are toxic when injested or applied to open skin wounds. No direct information about usage of arnica griscomii, but other arnicas are well documented as a dermatological aid for swellings, back pain, and bruises, usually from an infusion of roots or mashed plant. Non-homeopathic Arnica Montana has been shown to be more effective than placebo for postoperative pain, but studies are limited .
Snow arnica (arnica griscomii) is yellow-flowering plant 5-40 cm (2-16 in) tall. Stems are typically unbranched. It has a rosette of 1-4 pairs of basal leaves with oblong blades with few teeth. Stems are covered in white, silky hairs. Most common is a single, but up to 3 stems rise from the root with erect or nodding heads. It has between 6-17 yellow ray florets and yellow disk florets. Arnica griscomii ssp. frigida has involucre bases that are densely pilose and lanceolate bracts.
Arnica griscomii is indigenous to Alaska, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, as well as eastern Russia. It is typically found in alpine environments in barren, calcium-rich soils, in rocky or gravelly terrain in full sun.
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