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Fabaceae

Melilotus albus Medik.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Species Parent: Melilotus Status: Invalid Reason: unverified

Common Names:

  • WHITE SWEET-CLOVER - English, United States of America
  • WHITE MELILOT - English, United States of America
  • HUBAM-CLOVER - English, United States of America

Morphological Description

Diagnosis: Annual or biennial; stems 0.5-2 m tall; crushed leaves fragrant; very similar to M. officinalis and lumped by some into that species (e.g., Kartesz 1994); we are following Isely (1990) in recognizing it as a separate species.

Other

Ecology: This species is toxic in nature.
This species has been introduced into the United States.

Notes: Roadsides, railroads, and disturbed sites; widely scattered in TX. May-Jun. Native of Europe and Asia. This species is known to cause sweetclover poisoning in cattle. (albus: white).