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  1. Vol. 46 No. 5, p. 2169-2170
    Received: Mar 24, 2006

    * Corresponding author(s): joe@nt.ars-grin.gov
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The Scientific Name of Narrow-Leaf Trefoil

  1. Joseph H. Kirkbride *
  1. USDA-ARS, Systematic Botany & Mycology Lab., Rm. 304, Bldg. 011A, BARC-West, Beltsville, MD 20705-2350, USA


The narrow-leaf trefoil is a widely used forage plant in temperate and subtemperate areas. It is the object of extensive improvement programs and research, which has generated a large body of literature. A few decades ago it was discovered that its traditional scientific name, Lotus tenuis Waldst. & Kit. ex Willd., had to be superseded by an older name, L. glaber Mill. It was then proposed to permanently reject the name L. glaber, thus allowing L. tenuis to continue in use for the narrow-leaf trefoil. The rejection proposal for the name L. glaber was finally accepted by the 17th International Botanical Congress (IBC) in July 2005, so L. tenuis is now the scientific name for the narrow-leaf trefoil.

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