Anthemis punctata ssp cupaniana   Sicilian Chamomile DD I

Anthemis punctata ssp cupaniana whole Anthemis punctata ssp cupaniana flower

This Sicilian introduction is present in good numbers on the west coast cliffs of the Great Orme. The attractive grey leaves when warmed by the sunshine given off a pungent aromatic scent which you can smell from a metre or so away. It has even spread to the rocks above the shore and so must be something of a halophyte.

Originally I hadn't a clue what this plant was other although it looked and smelt like a Chamomile. It was identified instantly by friend David Jolly who knows it as a plant which spreads in gardens but only occasionally naturalises usually near the sea.

It is found much more in southern England than the north and this site on the Great Orme is one of the most northerly outposts. there are few records form Ireland and none from Scotland.

The Great Orme, North Wales 24th April 2008

Added on Sept 6th 04, amended on 31st Oct 04, updated 25th Apr 08, 12th Jul 08, updated Se3 24th April 10

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