Plant ID forum: What kind of plant?

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 25, 2012 1:37 PM CST
I know it's a good plant, but I need a positive ID so Hubby will stop thinking I'm trying to poison the rabbits Glare
Just can't think of the name. Farmers plant entire fields of the stuff. Alfalfa, right?
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Oct 25, 2012 4:15 PM CST
Medicago polymorpha? Does it have yellow flowers?

http://luirig.altervista.org/schedenam/fnam.php?taxon=Medica...

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=MEPO3

http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/taxa/index.php?taxon=188

Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 25, 2012 4:33 PM CST
I've never seen burrs on it. It grows very upright as well.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 25, 2012 9:21 PM CST

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Looks like sweetclover (Melilotus officinalis).

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=MEOF&photoID=meal...
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JRsbugs
Oct 26, 2012 5:05 AM CST
I looked at Melilotus officinalis Kent, the leaves look long and narrow, unless they vary a great deal.

http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/1534/melilotus-officina...
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ge1836
Oct 26, 2012 6:36 AM CST
My grandfather planted fields of Timothy.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 26, 2012 8:05 AM CST

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The leaves do vary quite a bit, presumably depending on environmental conditions and/or genetics. There is so much variability within and between species, that there is currently a lot of confusion about exactly how many species of Melilotus there are, with various taxonomists either splitting M. officinalis, M. albus, M. arvensis, and M. luteus or lumping them together.

All that being said, without the flowers, the only sure thing about the plant in Lee Ann's pictures is that it is a legume.

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