Anthemis arvensis L.

Field Chamomile

Sp. Pl. 894 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Ascending or decumbent annual or biennial to 60 cm high, branched from base; stems striate, pubescent. Leaves sessile, obovate in outline, 2–5 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, 1–3 times pinnatisect, dull green, hirsute at least on lower surface, ultimate segments narrow-linear. Capitula 2–3 cm diam., solitary or in loose leafy corymbs; peduncles 2–10 cm long; involucral bracts elliptic, 4–5 mm long, pubescent; receptacle-scales lanceolate, acuminate, evenly distributed, as long as or longer than disc florets. Ray florets 15–20, female, ligules 8–12 mm long, white; disc florets numerous, c. 3 mm long, yellow. Cypselas 1.5–2.5 mm long, 4-angled, 10-ribbed, smooth; pappus a minute irregular rim. Flowers Dec.–Jan.

*Glep, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe. An ornamental herb that has been collected in south-western Victoria (exact locality unknown) and the Dandenong Range, probably as a garden-escape.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Anthemis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Anthemis arvensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Anthemis arvensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory