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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.



Kelly Steele & Duane Isely

Annual, biennial, unarmed. Stem: generally erect. Leaf: odd-1-pinnate; stipules generally narrow or bristle-like, bases fused to petiole; leaflets 3, margin toothed or wavy. Inflorescence: raceme, axillary or terminal, slender or short-cylindric, many-flowered. Flower: calyx lobes ± equal; corolla yellow or white; 9 filaments fused, 1 free. Fruit: indehiscent, 2–4 mm, ovate, compressed but thick, leathery, bumpy or not, ridges transverse to finely net-like. Seed: 1–2.
20 species: temperate Europe, especially Mediterranean, subtropical Asia, northern Africa, widely introduced, naturalized; several species widely cultivated for forage, green manure, soil improvement. (Greek: honey-lotus) TOXIC: inclusion in hay enhances production of mold toxins that may cause cattle death.
Unabridged references: [Stevenson 1969 Can J Plant Sci 49:1–20]

Key to Melilotus

1. Corolla 2.5–3 mm; fruit bumpy or with faint lines ..... M. indicus

1' Corolla 3–7 mm; fruit irregularly cross-ridged or with network of lines

2. Corolla white, 3.5–5 mm; fruit with network of lines ..... M. albus

2' Corolla yellow, 4.5–7 mm; fruit irregularly cross-ridged ..... M. officinalis


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