Anthemis cotula L.

Stinking Mayweed

Sp. Pl. 894 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Much-branched, malodorous annual to 60 cm high; stems striate, sparsely hirsute to glabrescent. Leaves sessile, ovate to obovate in outline, 1.5–6.5 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide, 2 or 3 times pinnatisect, dull green, sparsely hirsute to glabrescent, ultimate segments narrow-linear. Capitula 1.2–3 cm diam., solitary or in loose leafy corymbs; peduncles 6–15 cm long; involucral bracts narrow-lanceolate, 3–4 mm long, glabrous to cobwebbed; receptacle-scales subulate, bristle-like, mostly in centre of receptacle, shorter than or as long as disc florets. Ray florets 11–15, sterile, ligules elliptic, 6–12 mm long, white; disc florets numerous, c. 3 mm long, white to cream. Cypselas c. 1.5 mm long, c. 10-ribbed, finely tuberculate; pappus absent. Flowers Oct.–Apr.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe. An occasional weed of pasture and wasteland.

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 cotula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Anthemis cotula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales