Chamaemelum nobile (L.) All.

Common Chamomile

Fl. Pedem. 1: 185 (1785) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Ascending or decumbent rhizomatous perennial to c. 30 cm high, branched from base; stems striate, pubescent. Leaves oblanceolate to lanceolate in outline, mostly 1.5–5 cm long and 1–2 cm wide, 1 or 2 times pinnatisect, dull green, pubescent, ultimate segments linear, less than 1 mm wide, acute, sessile. Capitula 2–2.5 cm diam., solitary; peduncles 2–12 cm long, almost leafless; involucral bracts obovate, 4–5 mm long, largely scarious, sparsely pubescent; receptacle elongating in fruit. Ray florets 10–20, ligules 8–12 mm long, white; disc florets numerous, c. 2.5 mm long, pale yellow. Ray cypselas c. 1 mm long, hardly ribbed; disc cypselas c. 1.5 mm long, 3-ribbed, smooth, glabrous, brown. Flowers Nov.–May.

*CVU, *DunT, *Gold, *HNF, *MonT, *OtP, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe. Widely grown as a medicinal herb and for lawns, and occasionally occurring in moist areas on roadsides, wastelands and grasslands.

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 Chamaemelum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chamaemelum nobile in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chamaemelum nobile in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced
Monaro Tablelands present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory