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Common name

English: Indian sweet-clover

German: Kleinblütiger Steinklee

Mandarin: 印度草木犀 (yin du cao mu xi)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Melilotus (3)

            Epithet: indicus (L.)All. (2)

Synonyms: Melilotus bonplandii Ten., Melilotus indica (L.) All., Melilotus melilotus-indica Asch. & Graebn., Melilotus melilotus-indicus Asch. & Graebn., Melilotus parviflora Desf., Melilotus parviflorus Desf., Melilotus permixtus Jord., Melilotus tommasinii Jord., Trifolium indica L., Trifolium indicum L., Trifolium melilotus indicus L., Trifolium melilotus-indica L.

indica => from or referring in some way to India

indicum => of Indian origin

indicus => of Indian origin

parviflora => small flowers

parviflorus => having small flowers, or smaller than the type


Climate: sub-tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: yellow

External links

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World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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