3689.000 Melilotus Mill. - Melilots

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7)

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

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Leptotes group (Blues) Food plant
Melilotus albus

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
albus Medik.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
indicus (L.) All.N,W,C,E

Other sources of information about Melilotus:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Melilotus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Melilotus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Melilotus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Melilotus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Melilotus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Melilotus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Melilotus
JSTOR Plant Science: Melilotus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Melilotus
Plants of the World Online: Melilotus
Tropicos: Melilotus
Wikipedia: Melilotus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Melilotus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=718, retrieved 21 May 2024

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