[Taxacom] adaptation of plants to mowing

Sean Edwards sean.r.edwards at btinternet.com
Thu Aug 20 09:46:08 CDT 2020


I've been trying to find the history of lawn chamomile, essentially the 
non-flowering cultivar or clone Chamaemelum nobile 'Treneague'.

Did it arise spontaneously and thrived on lawns because it wasn't 
putting energy into flowers that just got mown off all the time, or was 
it selected for the purpose? Who did this and when? Treneague is a 
village in west Cornwall, England.

I'm surprised that none of the literature that I have available, 
including on the web, answers this. Or perhaps I have just missed the 
obvious -- then apologies.

Sean

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Sean Edwards, Thursley, UK
email: sean.r.edwards at btinternet.com


On 06/08/2020 05:46, John Grehan via Taxacom wrote:
> Interesting article and nice to see the plant in question. I guess it would
> be difficult to know if the spread is due to a change in lawn
> management (less or no pesticides) or a genetic/ecological change in the
> plant. Many years ago when visiting a family friend in New Brunswick,
> Canada, I was much struck by the pure grass composition of the lawns. It
> was my first experience of such unnecessary practices. No wonder there are
> so many mystery illnesses. I am used to lawns where 'anything goes' as long
> as it can withstand the lawnmower and casual indifference. Our current lawn
> has so many species that without mowing it would revert to a mixed
> herbaceous meadow within a year, and then probably the beginnings of a
> forest the year after that.
>
> John Grehan
>
> On Thu, Aug 6, 2020 at 12:27 AM Frederick W. Schueler via Taxacom <
> taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:
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>> * thank you everyone for the advice and help - here's the article -
>> https://ngtimes.ca/golden-spangled-lawns/
>>
>> fred.
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>> On 29-Jul.-20 10:13 p.m., Frederick W. Schueler via Taxacom wrote:
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>>> I'm writing an article for our local newspaper about the way low-growing
>>> patches of Lotus corniculatus, Bird's-foot Trefoil, are spreading across
>>> lawns in eastern Ontario. I've asked a botanists group, and have googled
>>> around, but can't find any published research on this.
>>>
>>> Does anyone know of work done on plant species (other than Dandelions)
>>> evolving low growth forms adapted to life on lawns? -  fred.
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