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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Melilotus indicus   FAMILY Fabaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melilotus indicus   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-15-001:
Melilotus indica   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Small Melilot, Sourclover, Indian Sweetclover


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image of Melilotus indicus, Small Melilot, Sourclover, Indian Sweetclover

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_melilotus_indicus1

August        VA

Flowers 2-3mm (vs M. officinalis 5-7mm), densely crowded in slender racemes, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Melilotus indicus, Small Melilot, Sourclover, Indian Sweetclover

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_melilotus_indicus2

August        VA

This and other Melilotus plants valued as bee plants for honey production, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Melilotus indicus, Small Melilot, Sourclover, Indian Sweetclover

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_melilotus_indicus2b

August        VA

Leaflets mostly oblanceolate to obovate, margins serrulate or denticulate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and pinnately compound

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Melilotus indicus   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melilotus indicus   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-15-001:
Melilotus indica   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

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3102

Forb
Annual

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

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate
Leaves are subtended by stipules.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellow
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellowish to reddish
Legume

 

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