Flowers in Sweden: Scented Mayweed

Chamomilla recutita, Matricaria recutita,
SE: Kamomill, sötblomster, äkta kamomill, DE: Echte Kamille,
NL: Echte kamille, UK: Scented Mayweed, German chamomile, camomile

Scientific name:  Chamomilla recutita (L.) Rauschert
Synonym name:  Matricaria recutita L., Matricaria chamomilla L., Matricaria suaveolens L., Chamomilla chamomilla(L.) Rydb.
Swedish name:  Kamomill, sötblomster, äkta kamomill
German name:  Echte Kamille
Nederlandse naam:  Echte kamille
English name:  Scented Mayweed, Wild chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, Pineapple weed
Plant Family:   Asteraceae, Sunflower family, Korgblommiga växter

Sweden, Wildflowers, Sverige, Vilda blommor

Life form:  Annual herb
Stems:  Height 10–50 cm, erect, branched, up to 1m tall
Leaves:  Alternate, soft, bipinnate or tripinnate
Flowers:  Panicle flowerhead; white ray florets are furnished with a ligule, while the disc florets are yellow; the hollow receptacle (the thickened part of a stem from which the flower organs grow) is swollen and lacks scales
Flowering Period:  June, July, August, September
Fruits:  Achene with pappus small or absent
Habitat:  Arable land

Zweden, Natuur, Reizen, Bloemen


Derivation of the botanical name:
Chamomilla, Greek χαμαίμηλον, chamaimēlon, "earth-apple"; χαμαί chamai, "on the ground"; μήλον mēlon, "apple", referring to the smell of the blossoms.
recutita, apparently bare of epidermis, skinned.
Matricaria, Latin matrix, "the womb," the plant once having been used as a cure for female disorders.
suaveolens, sweet-scented.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Rauschert is used to indicate Stephan Rauschert (1931 – 1986), a German botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Rydb is used to indicate Per Axel Rydberg (1860 – 1931), a Swedish-born, American botanist who was the first curator of the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium.
Chamomilla recutita has been taken for digestive problems since at least the 1st century CE.

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