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Published In: The Gardeners Dictionary...Abridged...fourth edition 2:. 1754. (28 Jan 1754) (Gard. Dict. Abr. (ed. 4)) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library
 

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General/Distribution: A genus of about 25 species, found chiefly in the Mediterranean region and central Asia, represented in Pakistan by 4 species.

 

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Annual or biennial herbs. Leaf trifoliolate, leaflets toothed, stipules adnate to petiole. Inflorescence an axillary raceme. Calyx teeth 5, unequal. Corolla white or yellow, keel shorter than the wings. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, anthers uniform. Fruit indehiscent, 1-4-seeded, small, longer than the calyx, sculptured.
 

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1 Stipules dentate or if entire then corolla c. 2 mm long (2)
+ Stipules entire, corolla 3.5-7 mm long (3)
2 (1) Inflorescence 3-10-flowered, smaller than the subtending leaf, corolla 4-5 mm long Melilotus messanensis
+ Inflorescence 10-16-flowered, at least as long as the subtending leaf, corolla 2-3 mm long Melilotus indica
3 (1) Corolla white, wing equalling the keel Melilotus albus
+ Corolla yellow, wing longer than the keel Melilotus officinalis
 
 
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