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Arnica (European Arnica, Mountain Arnica, Common Arnica, Leopard's Bane

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  • Common Name: Arnica (European Arnica, Mountain Arnica, Common Arnica, Leopard's Bane
  • Latin Name: Arnica montana
  • Family Name: Asteraceae/Compositae
Flower colour:  Yellow.
Leopard's Bane contains the toxin helenalin, which can cause vomiting, palpitations, drowsiness and shortness of breath.  Contact with the flowers and leaves has been known to cause dermatitis in humans.  The homeopathy medicine, Arnica, is derived from this plant and is used to treat bruising in humans.  Although Leopard's Bane is said to be toxic only if large quantities are ingested, and the skin irritation is minor,  no studies have been done on the suitability of Leopard's Bane for tortoises, so we do not recommend feeding it.  Leopard's Bane is a wild flower but sometimes may be cultivated and grown in gardens.  Do not confuse with Doronicum which is also called Leopard's Bane.
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