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Genus Matricaria Family Asteraceae

Description: Annual herbs.

Leaves cauline, alternate, finely dissected, irregularly 2- to 3-pinnatisect with numerous linear segments.

Inflorescence terminal on leafy stems or heads stalked in corymbs. Heads hemispherical, radiate or discoid; involucral bracts herbaceous with scarious margins, 2-seriate, ± equal; receptacle conical, hollow, naked. Ray florets if present female, 1-seriate, ligulate, white. Disc florets tubular, 4- or 5-numerous, bisexual, fertile.

Achenes symmetrical, incurved, slightly compressed, ribbed, glabrous; pappus small, scarious.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 20 species, northern temperate areas. Australia: 2 species (naturalized), N.S.W., Vic., Tas., S.A.

Text by D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Heads discoid; ligules absentMatricaria matricarioides
Heads radiate; ligules presentMatricaria recutita

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