[Taxacom] Melilotus albus and officinalis

Adolf & Oluna Ceska aceska at telus.net
Tue Jun 16 05:24:30 CDT 2009

Edward G. Voss in his Michigan Flora, Vol. II, p. 450 gives quite a few
characters on how to distinguish Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lam. from M.
albus Medik. None of those characters is very reliable, but if taken
together they suggest that it is not only the flower colour that would
distinguish those two species. 

Adolf Ceska, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Subject: [Taxacom] Melilotus albus and officinalis

Melilotus albus Medik. is listed as a synonym of Melilotus 
officinalis (L.) Lam. in the USDA Plants database, but most other 
listings that I can find (e.g. ILDIS and the Flora Europaea) maintain 
them as separate species. I can't find any publication that 
officially synonymized these species. Does anyone know why PLANTS 
would have synonymized them, or if there is any biological 
justification for doing so?

Alec McClay, Ph.D.

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