Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
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Learn more about Small Melilot from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Small Melilot, Sourclover, Indian Sweetclover
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Bruce A. Sorrie bas_melilotus_indicus1
Flowers 2-3mm (vs M. officinalis 5-7mm), densely crowded in slender racemes, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.
Bruce A. Sorrie bas_melilotus_indicus2
This and other Melilotus plants valued as bee plants for honey production, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.
Bruce A. Sorrie bas_melilotus_indicus2b
Leaflets mostly oblanceolate to obovate, margins serrulate or denticulate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and pinnately compound
Non-native: Mediterranean Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Uncommon (rare in NC)
Look for it on roadsides, in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Leaves are subtended by stipules.
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Yellowish to reddish
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