Taxon  Report   5407 
Melilotus officinalis  (L.) Pall.
Yellow sweetclover
Melilotus officinalis
© 2005 Louis-M. Landry
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Melilotus officinalis
© 2010 Lee Dittmann
Melilotus officinalis
© 2014 Robert F Norris
Melilotus officinalis, a dicot, is an annual or biennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Melilotus officinalis
© 2010 Jean Pawek
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Melilotus
Wetlands:Usually occurs in non wetlands, but occasionally found in wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
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Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Melilotus alba
PLANTS: Melilotus albus var. annuus
PLANTS: Melilotus arvensis
PLANTS: Melilotus leucanthus
PLANTS: Melilotus lutea
PLANTS: Melilotus officinalis var. micranthus
More information about  Melilotus officinalis
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UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (MEOF)

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Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Feb 13, 2016).

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