by Stephen Mifsud
   5 Jun 2023      ()
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Anthemis urvilleana   (Maltese Sea Chamomille)

Anthemis urvilleana  (ASTERACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Dec-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Anthemis urvilleana - datasheet created on Dec-2007. Retrieved from on 05-Jun-2023

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Anthemis urvilleanaSommier & Caruana
Published in Boll. Reale Orto Bot. Palermo , n.s., 1(2): 178 (1915)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Anthemis secundiramea subsp. urvilleana (DC.) R.Fernandes
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) :

Maltese Sea Chamomille, Maltese Chamomille

Maltese name(s) :

Bebuna tal-baħar

Status for Malta :

Endemic. Occurs only on the Maltese islands

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) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

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 )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Remarks :

This species, considered endemic to the Maltese Islands, is likely an ecotype (having a smaller size and dimensions) and hence synonymous with the Mediterranean species Anthemis secundiramea Biv.

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Species endemic to the Maltese Islands, not found in the rest of Europe
Preferred habitat in Malta: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Botanical Description: Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
? Le Si(M) ?Si(S) Tn

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Species Images (16 images)
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-0.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-1.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-2.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-3.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-4.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-5.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-6.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-7.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-8.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-9.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-10.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-11.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-12.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-13.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-14.
   Anthemis urvilleana   -   Image Code: ANTUR-15.

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