Matricaria chamomilla (weed)

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Matricaria chamomilla (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Franz Eugen Köhler
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Matricaria chamomilla (weed) Linnaeus, 1753 - (wild chamomile, scented mayweed)

This species is cultivated as a medicinal herb, but the wild form can be an agricultural weed. It is widely distributed in temperate and semi-tropical regions and grows well in open areas. It has been reported from several soil types, but seems to prefer nitrogen-rich soil. The weed can affect various crops like cereals or vegetable. The seeds spread with the harvest and can persist in the soil for many years.

Synonyms:
Chamomilla recutita
Matricaria recutita