Distribution

W Mediterranean (including N Africa)

Habit

Annual herbs

Ecology

Dry mediterranean shrubland, bushland, thicket and grassland to semi-desert

Etymology

Probably derived from the Spanish vernacular name for the plant

Uses

Sulla coronaria (= Hedysarum coronarium L.: sulla clover, Spanish or Italian sainfoin) is a valuable forage plant, also used as fodder, hay, medicine, human food (roots), green manure and cultivated as an ornamental

Taxonomic Notes

Includes species placed previously in Hedysarum sect. Spinosissima B.Fedtsch. and sect. Eleutherotion Basiner


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