Wildflowers - Scentless Mayweed or Ox Eye Daisy

29th June 2015
This summer I have taken more time to photograph the wildflowers growing locally to home. In previous years I had casually photographed flowers with a compact camera without necessarily seeking to identify the plant or to consider compositions.

I started with some rather obvious subjects - daisies. I spotted a rather large patch close to the entrance of our local nature reserve which I captured with a 100mm macro lens.

In an effort to go beyond the broad family name, I narrowed the identification to scentless mayweed (Matricaria perforate). However since making this identification I have changed my mind. I now believe these to be Ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) due the shape of the leaf. The ox-eye daisy has a toothed or lobed leaf whereas a scentless mayweed has a dissected leaf as illustrated below.

With the ID now sorted these are some the photographic results:

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