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This odd-looking little plant is closely related to the Mayweeds, Chamomiles, and other weedy daisies that have been introduced from abroad. They share the same kind of highly dissected foliage. However, Pineapple Weed lacks white ray florets in its flowerheads, unlike the others, and is less showy in appearance as a result. Another scientific name for this species is Matricaria matricarioides. The common name refers to the scent of the foliage and flowerheads, and possibly the appearance of the latter.

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