[Taxacom] adaptation of plants to mowing

Kenneth Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 20 11:22:28 CDT 2020


Hi Sean,
      I suspect that it arose due to some variety of chamomile being used as an "herb seat" covering in Medieval times, and it's use as a lawn plant happened after that.  Whatever chamomile variety was its ancestor, it was probably originally used as a "strewing herb" for its fragrance and insect repellent properties.
      So instead of being originally mowed (as a lawn), it could have been purposely trimmed on herb seats and/or kept trimmed by people sitting on the seat.
                       -------my two cents,   Ken

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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/
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>> 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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