Taxon  Report   5407 
Melilotus officinalis  Lam.
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: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
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Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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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
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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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Aug 20, 2018).

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