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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonMelilotus indicus
Family common name(s)legume; legumes; leguminosae; pea; bean; clover; pulse; pulses
Genus common name(s)melilotus; melilot; mellilot clover; meliloto; sweetclover; sweet-clover; sweet clover; honey-clover; honey clover; honeyclover; honey-lotus; honey lotus; honeylotus; sweet lucerne
Species common name(s)India melilot; India sweetclover; India sweet-clover; India sweet clover; Indian sweetclover; Indian sweet-clover; Indian sweet clover; Indian sourclover; Indian sour-clover; Indian sour clover; Indian melilot; India sour-clover; small melilot; small-flowered yellow sweet clover; small flowered yellow sweet clover; annual yellow sweetclover; annual yellow sweet-clover; annual yellow sweet clover; annual yellow melilot; annual melilot; King Island melilot; King-Island melilot; King Island clover; King-Island clover; hethamscent
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon melilot, Bokhara clover, Bokhara-clover, Bokara clover, small sweetclover, small-flowered melilot, yellow sweetclover, yellow sweet-clover, yellow sweet clover, yellow melilot, Indian clover, Indian-clover are applied to multiple Melilotus taxa; sour clover, sour-clover, yellow sour clover, yellow sour-clover, stink-clover, stink clover are applied to taxa in multiple families
NotesIndia, Indian are proper names, so upper case preferable
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