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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 albus
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)white melilot; white mellilot clover; white sweetclover; white sweet-clover; white sweet clover; white honey-lotus; white honey lotus; white-flowered sweet clover; white melilot clover; white bee-clover; white bee clover; Hubam sweetclover; Hubam sweet-clover; Hubam sweet clover; Hubam clover; Bukhara clover; galy-gumber clover; galy gumber clover
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxacommon melilot, Bokhara clover, Bokhara-clover, Bokara clover, Cabul clover are applied to multiple Melilotus taxa; tree clover is applied to multiple Fabaceae taxa; sour clover, sour-clover are applied to taxa in multiple families
Notesalthough not native, sometimes called Californian lucerne
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