Indian Sweet Clover, Yellow sweet clover, Small Melilot • Hindi: बन मेथी Ban methi, Morila, Senji methi • Marathi: रान मेथी Ran methi • Bengali: বন মেথী Ban methi • Assamese: বন মেথী Ban Methi • Sanskrit: वनमेथिका Vanamethika;
 
Annual herb with oblongor lanceolate dentate leaflets, smaller yellow flowers 2-3 mm long, on up to 3 cm long peduncle, inflorescence 10-15 flowered; fruit 2-4 mm long, 1-seeded.
  
 


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Melilotus indica from Sutana PanipatMelilotus indica from Sutana Panipat


– Another very common weed these days.



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Date/Time- 11th March, 2012

Location- Place- Merrut, Uttar Pradesh

Habitat- Wild


Plant Habit- Shrub/Herb 



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AP6-Plant for id from Ambala Cantt Haryana: please help me to identify this plant and its family…
photographs taken on 1 may 2012
Descriptions
place-ambala cantt
month- may
habitat-garden,fields
habit-herbaceous,erect or prostrate
stem-weak
height-about 15-20 cm


The pics seem to have been mixed, but the last two i.e. 541 and 542 are of Melilotus indica, a common weed.


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Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week: Melilotus indicus from Delhi: Melilotus indicus (L.) All., Fl. pedem. 1:308. 1785indica

syn: Melilotus parviflorus Desf; Trifolium indicum L.
Common names: Indian sweet-clover, small melilot, sour-clover
Annual herb with oblongor lanceolate dentate leaflets, smaller yellow flowers 2-3 mm long, on up to 3 cm long peduncle, inflorescence 10-15 flowered; fruit 2-4 mm long, 1-seeded.
A very common weed in winter, also in wastelands and roadsides. Photographed from Delhi


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ID requested DS_FORID_WEED1.0_16022012: requesting for ID the attached weed.
Date – FEB 5, 2012
Location- West Bengal -Howrah District
Wayside by a Lake
Habitat- Weed


Melilotus indica i think


I think yes Melilotus indica


One question – is this a medicinal plant? If so, how it is used?


 

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Herb for ID : 180213 : AK-1:  A small herb, resembling Methi leaves with a red line in the middle of the leaf seen at a farm in Muscat, Oman.

Is this the common Fenugreek, eaten as a vegetable?


Saw a single plant.
Possible that it was planted earlier along with many others.
Found it along with other vegetables planted in the farm.


Melilotus indica (L.) All. (Fabaceae)!


Thanks for the id.
On searching, I am unable to find leaves with central red line.


Kindly follow the plant to flowering to be sure. The red line may disappear with maturity. It happens in Pantnagar. The species is more correctly written as Melilotus indicus now.


If you have studied the plant and know it well, I have no doubts.
I was seeing those red lines for the first time.

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Jan2015sk13 Hooghly – Melilotus indicus (L.) All. : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (11) 
It is hard to believe that this tiny flowers are leguminous


Please also check for Medicago lupulina


Thank you so much … Is it possible that I have uploaded two species which were growing as weeds in cultivated field? Is there any possibility of presence of even a Trigonella in this set of pictures?


617, 618, 619, 620, 629, 631 are Medicago lupulina to me.

621, 623, 633 appear different and may be Trigonella corniculata (not sure).


Thank you Sir. I have already accepted Medicago lupulina in my earlier mail. The second species is very confusing. I am also not sure if it can be Trigonella corniculata or a Melilotus indicus. I titled this post, based on distribution in Bengal Plants, without going into detail. But since these are found in cultivated field, distribution is irrelevant here. I also regret that I thought all is one species at different developmental stage.

Now, since the leaflets of the 2nd species in question have less than 7 pairs of lateral veins and petioles are as long as or exceeding leaflets I think it may be Trigonella corniculata L.


Flower and fruit tell this species Melilotus indicus (L.) All.
I fail to find any Trigonella in that field today.
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Melilotus indicus (L.) All.
at Walkal, Pune on January 6, 2013 

 

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Melilotus indica, a very common weed..


Melilotus indicus (L.) All., Fl. pedem. 1:308. 1785indica

syn: Melilotus parviflorus Desf; Trifolium indicum L.
Common names: Indian sweet-clover, small melilot, sour-clover
Annual herb with oblongor lanceolate dentate leaflets, smaller yellow flowers 2-3 mm long, on up to 3 cm long peduncle, inflorescence 10-15 flowered; fruit 2-4 mm long, 1-seeded.
A very common weed in winter, also in wastelands and roadsides. Photographed from Delhi


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Trifolium repens L. : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- around 800 kb each.

Location Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation :  4500 ft.
Date  3 December  2018
Habit : Wild 
Red Midrib 

To me looks different from images at Trifolium repens


I think yours do not match with these also. 

Guess need to wait till flower.

By the way any hint ?

May even be Melilotus sp. only flowers will reveal..!!


Thank you …! Melilotus indicus (L.) All.
Why elevation is showing so differently?
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great. patience paid off. earth is warming up. co2 is being absorbed by earth, rocks and plants more and more things are going to change fast from now on…. so be ready, your newer “finds” are going to be higher and higher up … etc. the old plant lists will no longer be valid for presence or absence in regions. they were noted in  century past


Yes ! even Rhododendrons started bloomig 2- 2.5 years before time.


yes i know. i was in delhi sometime earlier. a cook at the five star came up to ask if i liked food etc and we got to chatting, during which he volunteered that he was from himachal pradesh and rhododendrons that they make cough syrup from were flowering earlier and its cough remedy powers were less effective.

thats just one story, one anecdote.  i wonder if anyone has done analysis of the bioactive compounds now versus say 10, 20, 30 years ago.
god knows!!


Seeding ! 9 march 2019 !

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