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|Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Melilotus||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Melilotus officinalis Lam.
Habit: Biennial, +- glabrous to strigose. Stem: 0.5--2 m. Leaf: leaflets 1--2.5 cm, elliptic-oblong to obovate, +- toothed. Inflorescence: slender; axis generally 3--8 cm when flowers open, longer in fruit. Flower: calyx 2--2.5 mm; corolla 4.5--7 mm, yellow. Fruit: 3--5 mm, plump, irregularly cross-ridged. Seed: 1. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Ecology: Open fields, disturbed sites, cultivated; Elevation: < 2300 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA; Distribution Outside California: widely distributed in temperate areas, especially northern and central United States; native to Eurasia. Flowering Time: May--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Kelly Steele & Duane Isely
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Melilotus indicus
Next taxon: Olneya
Citation for this treatment: Kelly Steele & Duane Isely 2017. Melilotus officinalis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=33152, accessed on January 20, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 20, 2017.