Melilotus indicus

Annual yellow sweetclover                                                                            Μέλιλωτος

Fabaceae - pea family                                                                                                Dicot.


The name melilotus (μέλιλωτος) was used in use in Greece since ancient times, but precisely which plant it referred to is uncertain, but it is now used as the genus name for a group of trifoliate plants of the Fabaceae, bean and pea family. Melilotus indicus native to North Africa, Asia and Europe it is now naturalised throughout the world. The sweetclovers are considered a valuable constituent of animal pastures and in hay; it is also valued as a provider of pollen and nectar for bees and makes excellent honey.


3-5mm, 20-40cm                                                                                                        JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Melilotus - sweet lotus from meli (μέλι) - Greek for honey

+ lotus (λωτός) ancient Greek name for a variety of unrelated plants

Indicus - botanical latin for india

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