Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lam. image
Photographer: Kitty Kohout           

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Kurt Stüber

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Flora.cyberia
Family Fabaceae
Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lam.
yellow sweet-clover
Melilotus: from the Greek words meli, "honey," and lotos, a leguminous plant
officinalis: Latin generally meaning "of the shops" or "sold in the marketplace" or "official"
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Status: Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive
Plant: erect, annual/biennial, 1'-6' tall forb with many, widely-branching stems; taprooted
Flower: yellow, 5-parted, 1/8"-1/4" long; inflorescence of many, tall, long-stalked, clusters (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms May-Sept.
Fruit:pod
Leaf:3-parted
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites
Notes: Source of blood-thinning drug “Coumadin”
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Trifolium melilotus-officinalis L.

         
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