Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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

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LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

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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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

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 (1968) 098-15-001:
Melilotus indica   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Small Melilot, Sourclover


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image of Melilotus indicus

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

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

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