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Scientific Name:Melilotus indicus
Photo: Hexham Scent
Photograph courtesy of
Viridans Biological Databases (external link)

Other Common Names:

Annual Yellow Sweetclover, Sour Clover, Senji, Indian Clover, Small Melilot, Sweet Melilot, Common Melilot, King Island Melilot, Californian Lucerne, King Island Clover


Native to the Mediterranean and south-west Africa. Naturalised in southern States of Australia and New Zealand.

Plant Description:

Erect hairless
annual forb, to about 60 cm high, usually fragrant. Leaves alternate, each composed of three leaflets, 12 – 30 mm long, attached near the tip of the stalk. The leaflets obovate, the upper ones finely toothed along the margins.

Flowers yellow and pea-like, 2 mm long, in dense narrow racemes slightly longer than the leaves and borne in the leaf
axils. Fruit is an almost globular pod, 2 – 3 mm long, olive green and slightly wrinkled, carrying only one seed.Flowering late winter – early summer


Found along lake margins, riverbanks, and black box communities with grey heavy clay soils. Occurs in a wide range of habitats.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
Loddon Murray, Western, GippslandS0, S1, S2, S3W0, W1, W2


Coumarin in dairy grazed foliage gives a distinctive taint to milk.

Hexham Scent Photos

Photo: Hexham Scent - plant
Hexham Scent - plant
Photo: A J Brown
Photo: Hexham Scent - flowers
Hexham Scent - flowers
Photo: A J Brown
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