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    The name, "gentian", is derived from the name "Gentius", a King of Illyria who is reputed to have found the local form of this plant beneficial for curing malaria in his troops.  Linnaeus named the Gentiana genus in 1753.

     See blue Gentians.

Gentiana algida
Gentiana algida. Synonym: Gentianodes algida. (Arctic Gentian)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Subalpine, alpine. Meadows, streamsides. Summer, fall.
Sharkstooth Trail, August 30, 2004.

Arctic Gentian is a late summer bloomer that can be abundant over large areas of alpine meadows. The flower is several inches tall, almost as tall as the entire plant. Flowers are creamy white to green white, with very strong streaks of purple on the outside and dots of purple on the inside. The plant is very easily overlooked.

"Gentianodes" is Greek for "similar to a Gentian".  "Algida" is from the Latin for "cold". 

This plant was first collected in Siberia and described in 1788.

Gentiana algida
Gentiana algida. Synonym: Gentianodes algida. (Arctic Gentian)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Subalpine, alpine. Meadows, streamsides. Summer, fall.
Sharkstooth Trail, August 30, 2004.

Gentiana algida
Gentiana algida. Synonym: Gentianodes algida. (Arctic Gentian)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Subalpine, alpine. Meadows, streamsides. Summer, fall.
Sharkstooth Trail, August 30, 2004.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
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Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
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Species extirpated (historic)
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Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Gentiana algida