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|Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Habit: 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.
Species In Genus: 20 species: temperate Europe, especially Mediterranean, subtropical Asia, northern Africa, widely introduced, naturalized; several species widely cultivated for forage, green manure, soil improvement. Etymology: (Greek: honey-lotus) Toxicity: TOXIC: inclusion in hay enhances production of mold toxins that may cause cattle death.
eFlora Treatment Author: Kelly Steele & Duane Isely
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to MelilotusPrevious taxon: Medicago truncatula
Next taxon: Melilotus albus
Citation for this treatment: Kelly Steele & Duane Isely 2017. Melilotus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=9376, accessed on January 24, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 24, 2017.