[Taxacom] Melilotus albus and officinalis

Alec McClay alec.mcclay at shaw.ca
Tue Jun 16 11:46:23 CDT 2009

Thanks to all who responded. I also checked in IPNI (should have 
thought of that before) which confirms that the synonymy is from the 
Japanese literature

Melilotus officinalis (L.) Lam. subsp. albus (Medik.) H.Ohashi & 
Tateishi Sci. Rep. Tohoku Univ., Ser. 4, Biol. 38(4): 319. 1984

But the consensus still seems to be that these are good species, not 
just colour forms - I've never seen any reports of intermediates or 
of interbreeding.

Alec McClay, Ph.D.

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