Common name: German Chamomile, Annual Chamomile
Matricaria recutita L. APNI*
Description: Annual 10–60 cm high, aromatic; stems erect or ascending, densely branched, striate, glabrous.
Leaves 2-pinnatisect, 3–7 cm long, segments linear, to 0.8 mm wide, acute, dull green, ± glabrous.
Heads 10–25 mm diam., on naked stalks in loose cymes; involucral bracts oblong, glabrous with pale scarious expanded apices. Ray florets 9–15; ligules 6–9 mm long, white. Disc florets 5-numerous, yellow.
Achenes c. 1 mm long, 4- or 5-ribbed on the ventral face, grey-brown; pappus of disc achenes a minute scarious ring.
Flowering: spring to late summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows as a roadside weed in the Forbes district and an unconfirmed locality in the ST. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *ST, *CWS
Other Australian states: *S.A.
Text by D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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