OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Melilotus albus   FAMILY Fabaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melilotus officinalis   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-15-003:
Melilotus alba   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
White Sweetclover, White Melilot


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_meal12_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_meal12_008_lvd

        

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Keith Bradley    kab_melilotus_albus_72781

February    Miami-Dade County    FL

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Roxanna Martin    rlm53010_675

May    Spartanburg County    SC

M. albus & officinalis are apparently incompatible should not be synonymized, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Melilotus albus, White Sweetclover, White Melilot

Roxanna Martin    rlm53010_679

May    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Melilotus albus, White Sweetclover, White Melilot

JK Marlow    jkm0506k_01

June    Union County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm060607_015

June    Greenville County    SC

Field

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JK Marlow    jkm140623_188

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Flowers white, pea-like, 0.25" long, borne in narrow loose racemes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm140623_188b

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Calyx lobes deltoid to subulate, 0.5-1mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Melilotus albus, White Sweetclover, White Melilot

Roxanna Martin    rlm61210_98

June    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm6410_313

June    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Melilotus albus, White Sweetclover, White Melilot

Roxanna Martin    rlm6410_314

June    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    s050625_d

June    Union County    

Leaves stalked and trifoliate with lance-shaped leaflets 0.4-1" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


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image of Melilotus albus, White Sweetclover, White Melilot

JK Marlow    s050625_d1

June    Union County    

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JK Marlow    jkm0507d_34

July    Fayette County    WV

Roadside

 

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

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melilotus officinalis   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-15-003:
Melilotus alba   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

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925

Forb
Biennial

Non-native: Eurasia

Habitat: Fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Dark brown/ Blackish
Legume

 

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