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Pakistan | Family List | Papilionaceae | Melilotus

Melilotus messanensis (L.) All., Fl. Pedem. 1:309. 1785. Davis, Fl. Turk. 3:449. 1970; Hansen in Tutin et al, Fl. Europaea 2:150. 1968.

Annual, erect or ascending, up to 40 cm. Leaflets ovate-orbicular or lanceolate-cuneate, serrate. Stipules of lower leaves dentate. Inflorescence a raceme, up to 1 cm long, 3-10-flowered, shorter than the subtending leaf. Corolla 4-5 mm, yellow, vexillum and keel subequal, longer than the wings. Fruit 5-8 mm long, concentrically striated, acute.

Fl.Per.: February-March.

Type: Described from Europe, Herb. Linn. 930/11 (LINN).

Distribution: S. Europe, W. Syria, Cyprus, N. Africa, S. Iran, Pakistan (Karachi). Probably a recently introduced weed.


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