Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Stinking Chamomile* - Anthemis cotula   L.
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DistributionThroughout the state, except for a gap in the southeastern Coastal Plain. First collected in 1891 in Chapel Hill, Orange County; next in 1911 in the same county.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. throughout except northern Canada.
AbundanceFairly common to common in the Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon to locally fairly common in the Coastal Plain. The abundance and range are similar to the related A. arvensis, and they can be easily confused.
HabitatRoadsides, railroads, fields, pastures, barnyards, waste ground, vacant lots, yard weed.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationStinking Chamomile is very similar to Corn Chamomile (A. arvensis), except that the ultimate leaf segments are linear rather than triangular (in the latter species); thus, the leaves are more finely dissected. This species has a more strongly domed yellow disk, as opposed to a more flattened center in A. arvensis when in flower. Other characters are that this species is essentially glabrous and is ill-scented; the other (A. arvensis) is pubescent overall and is odorless. In bloom, each species has numerous flowers that resemble a small version of Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare).
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