Knautia arvensis,Scabiosa arvensis, Trichera arvensis, SE: Åkervädd,
DE: Wiesen-Witwenblume, NL: Beemdkroon, UK: Field Scabious

Scientific name:  Knautia arvensis (L.) Coult.
Synonym name:  Scabiosa arvensis L., Trichera arvensis (L.) Schrad.
Swedish name:  Åkervädd
German name:  Wiesen-Witwenblume
Nederlandse naam:  Beemdkroon
English name:   Field Scabious
Plant Family:  Dipsacaceae, Åkerväddar, Teasel family

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Life form:  Perennial
Stems:  Round, slightly branched, 60-90 cm high, somewhat coarse with short, whitish hairs and rather bare of leaves, except at the base
Leaves:  Basal rosette, compound. The leaves at the stem are opposite, the lower ones have petioles, are of a lanceolate shape, have serrate margins and are often pinnate.The middle and upper leaves are sessile, pinnate with 3 - 6 segments at each side
Flowers:  violet-blue flowers
Flowering Period:  June-August
Fruits:  Rather large, somewhat four-cornered and crowned by several short, bristly hairs that radiate from its summit
Habitat:  Woods, thickets, pastureland, meadows, farmland and settlements

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Knautia, the genus, dedicated to Christoph Knaut (1638-1694), German botanist and doctor and his brother Christian (1654-1715).
arvensis, "of planted fields".
Scabiosa, Latin scabies, "the itch," which the rough (scurfy) leaves might have been used to cure.
  • 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 Coult. is used to indicate Thomas Coulter (1793 – 1843), an Irish physician, botanist, and explorer.
  • The standard author abbreviation Schrad. is used to indicate Heinrich Adolph Schrader (1767 – 1836), a German botanist and mycologist.

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