OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

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


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melilotus officinalis   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-15-002:
Melilotus officinalis   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot


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image of Melilotus officinalis, Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_meof_001_lvd

        

image of Melilotus officinalis, Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_meof_010_lvd

        

image of Melilotus officinalis, Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot

Roxanna Martin    rlm52009_007

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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

image of Melilotus officinalis, Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot

Roxanna Martin    rlm5710_163

May    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Melilotus officinalis, Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot

JK Marlow    s040519_a

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Melilotus officinalis, Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot

JK Marlow    s040519_ab

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Inflorescence a slender, axillary, pedunculate, spike-like raceme, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Melilotus officinalis, Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot

JK Marlow    s050622_a

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Melilotus officinalis, Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot

JK Marlow    s050622_b

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaflets mostly oblanceolate to obovate or somewhat elliptic, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Melilotus officinalis, Yellow Sweetclover, Yellow Melilot, Ribbed Melilot

JK Marlow    jkm060710_001

July    Tucker County    WV

 

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

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melilotus officinalis   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-15-002:
Melilotus officinalis   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

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926

Forb
Biennial

Non-native: Eurasia

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

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Invasive?

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

 

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
Light brown
Legume

 

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