White Sweet Clover
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White Sweet Clover
ative trifoliate Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: White Sweet Clover, White melilot • Hindi: Khandai, सफ़ेद बन मेथी Safed Ban-methi • Marathi: पांढरी रानमेथी Ran Methi
Botanical name: Melilotus albus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

White Sweet Clover is the white cousin of the yellow Indian Sweet Clover. It is a biennial legume with compound leaves consisting of 3-leaflets. Leaflets oblong or oblanceolate, 1-2.5 cm long, 8-12 mm wide, without hair above and having appressed hairs below. Leaflet margins serrated halfway or more back from the apex. Flowers are small, white, arranged in many-flowered racemes in leaf axils and at the end of branches. Fruit is a legume, dark brown to black at maturity, ovoid, 2.5-4 mm long, without hairs, and cross-ribbed.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh & Ratanwadi, Maharashtra.

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