3689.000 Melilotus Mill. - Melilots

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs. Stipules adnate to the petiole. Leaves 3-foliolate. Flowers in usually long racemes, elongating after flowering, corollas yellow or white. Legume short, straight, thick, never spiny.

Derivation of name: Honey-lotus (flowers attractive to honey-bees)

Worldwide: 20 species in temperate and subtropical Eurasia, N Africa and Ethiopia

Britain: 11 taxa.

Melilotus albus

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesSpecies codeContent
albus Medik.Description, Image
altissimus Thuill.
elegans Salzm. ex Ser.
indicus (L.) All.
infestus Guss.
messanensis (L.) All.
neapolitanus Ten.
officinalis (L.) Pall.
polonicus (L.) Pall.
sulcatus Desf.
wolgicus Poir.

Other sources of information about Melilotus:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Melilotus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melilotus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Melilotus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melilotus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-24

Hyde, M.A. (2024). UK Flora: Genus page: Melilotus.
https://www.ukflora.info/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=486, retrieved 29 February 2024

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