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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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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.
20 species: temperate Eur, especially Medit, subtropical Asia, n 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]
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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