Anthemis cotula L., Sp. Pl.: 894 (1753) 894 1753. (Syn: Anthemis cotula subsp. psorosperma (Ten.) Arcang.; Anthemis foetida Lam.; Anthemis psorosperma Ten.; Anthemis ramosa Link ex Spreng.; Chamaemelum cotula (L.) All.; Maruta cotula (L.) DC.; Maruta foetida Cass.);
Common name: Stinking Chamomile, dog-fennel, mayweed, mayweed chamomile
Anthemis cotula, also known as stinking chamomile, is a flowering annual plant with a noticeable and strong odor. The odor is often considered unpleasant, and it is from this that it gains the common epithet “stinking”.
It is initially native to Europe and North Africa. It has successfully migrated to North America, Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand where it can be found growing on waste ground, alongside roads, and in fields. Anthemis cotula is considered a weed due to its propensity for invading cultivated areas.
The name “cotula” is from a Greek word for “small cup”, describing the shape of the flowers; it was assigned by Carolus Linnaeus in his work Species Plantarum in 1753.
The “stinking chamomile” Anthemis cotula is so-named for its resemblance to the true chamomile plant, Anthemis nobilis; both have branching upright stems each topped by a single large flower head, although the “stinking chamomile” is distinguished by lacking the membraneous scales underneath the flowers of the true chamomile, as well as by its characteristic strong odor. The leaves of Anthemis cotula have a similar appearance to those of the fennel plant (Foeniculum vulgare), from which the name “Dog’s Fennel” is derived.
Anthemis cotula is an annual glandular plant with a harsh taste and an acrid smell. Its height varies from 12 inches (28 centimeters) to 24 inches (56 centimeters).
(from Wikipedia on 10.5.13)
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Anthemis cotula L., Sp. pl. 2:894. 1753
Common names: Dog-fennel, Mayweed
Anthemis cotula from Kashmir.
The weed was restricted to a small area near Tourist reception Centre, 35 years back but is at present the most dominant weed of the valley, extending from 1600 m to more than 3500m found almost everywhere, roadsides, wastelands, mountain slopes, pathways,etc. almost as widespread as Pathenium in warmer parts of India.
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Small white flowers seen growing wild by the roadside near Anantnag on way to Pahalgam.
This is Anthemis cotula, belonging to Asteraceae