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   25 Sep 2023      ()
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Anthemis arvensis   (Corn Chamomille)

Anthemis arvensis  (ASTERACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Dec-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Anthemis arvensis - datasheet created on Dec-2007. Retrieved from on 25-Sep-2023

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Anthemis arvensisL.
Published in Sp. Pl. : 894 (1753)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Chamaemelum arvense (L.) Schreb.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl (=Compositae) (The Daisy or Sunflower Family)
123 species from the Asteraceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Corn Chamomille

Maltese name(s) :

Bebuna tar-raba

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE ( annual plants, herbaceous )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

March – May

Colour of Flowers:



Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

Anthemis: An old name given by Dioscorides (40 - 90 AD) for Chamomille plants which were grouped of having many small daisy-like flowers with an aromatic. (Greek origin )
arvensis: meaning fields or cultivated land, with reference to the preferred habitat of this plant. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Botanical Description: Sparsely hairy to densely pubescent annual or biennial, perhaps sometimes perennating. Stem (4.5-)10-50(-80) cm, usually more or less branched, often from the base, the basal branches as long as or longer than the main stem. Leaves obovate-oblong to obovate, 1- to 3-pinnatipartite or pinnatisect, not glandular-punctate, more or less hairy; lobes acute, mucronate. Involucral bracts hairy, oblong or oblong-obovate, obtuse, with hyaline to brown scarious margin and apex. Receptacular scales acuminate. Achenes turbinate, (9-)10(-11)-ribbed; ribs obtuse, separated by narrow, deep furrows, smooth.
Distributional range: Most of Europe except the extreme north

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
All Europe except the Azores, Faroe Islands, Svalbard archipelago
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
AE(G) Ag Al Au(A) Be(B L) BH Bl(I M N) Br Bu By Cg Co Cr Cs Ct Da -Eg Es Fe dGa(C) Ga(F) Ge Gr He Ho Hs(A S) Hu It La Lt Lu Ma Mk Mo No Rf(C CS K N NW) Rm Sa Si(M S) Sk Sl Sn Sr Su Tn Tu(A E) -Uk(K) Uk(U) [aAu(L) nAz(M P T) nCa(C F G L T) aHb(E N) aIs nNo Po]

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Species Images (9 images)
   Anthemis arvensis   -   Image Code: ANTAV-0.
   Anthemis arvensis   -   Image Code: ANTAV-1.
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   Anthemis arvensis   -   Image Code: ANTAV-5.
   Anthemis arvensis   -   Image Code: ANTAV-6.
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