100 Days Project

Jacinda: Inkweed

100 black ink drawings of common New Zealand garden weeds (plants found growing where they are not wanted). The drawings, made on A4 paper, will loosely depict the plants' essential characteristics. Where possible I will identify them using the Massey University Weed Database and other online sources. On completion I will output all the drawings as one large poster on photorag paper.

Day 39:

Stinking mayweed

Botanical name: Anthemis cotula
Family name: Asteraceae

The finely divided leaves of stinking mayweed can allow it to be confused with a number of other weed species. It has the typical white and yellow "daisy-like" flowers of many Asteraceae weeds. As suggested by their respective names, stinking mayweed has a very strong smell when crushed, unlike scentless chamomile, and the flowers are slightly larger in scentless chamomile and the leaflets slightly finer. (Massey Uni Weeds Database).

I was interested in drawing this plant's fine feathery leaves but noted it did have a subtle stink once I'd pulled it out of the ground - I really hoped it wasn't because it had been sprayed by a cat! Once identified all became clear.