Tall Meliot - Melilotus altissimus, click for a larger image
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Tall Meliot - Melilotus altissimus, click for a larger image

Tall Meliot - Melilotus altissimus
Family - Fabaceae
Also known as - Yellow Sweetclover

An introduced biennial fodder crop originating in Europe, it is naturalised in the U.K. in southern and central England and can be found in roadsides, waste ground, damp places, field sides and disturbed soils.  It is a tall straggly plant growing to 1.5m (5ft) with erect straight stems appearing from late June to August.  Yellow golden flowers 5-10mm (0.2-0.4in) in racemes maturing to pea like black hairy seed pods.  Light green oblong leaves with sharply toothed edges looking rather like a coarse toothed saw.

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