Sulla coronaria

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Sulla coronaria
Fabaceae - Hedysarum coronarium.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Sulla
Species: S. coronaria
Binomial name
Sulla coronaria
(L.) Medik.
  • Hedysarum coronarium L.

Sulla coronaria (French honeysuckle, cock's head, Italian sainfoin, sulla, or soola)[3] is a perennial herb native to Malta, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, southern Italy and Spain, cultivated for animal fodder and hay, and for honey production.

The plant is deep-rooted and drought-resistant, growing to 1–1.5 m tall with leaves imparipinnate with 7–11 leaflets. Flowers are red, with the standard 12–15 mm long; fruits are jointed and made of 2–4 spinulose articles. Pods have a yellow thorny surface that turns brown at maturity.


  1. ^ Choi BH, Ohashi H. (2003). "Generic criteria and an infrageneric system for Hedysarum and related genera (Papilinoideae–Leguminosae)". Taxon. 52 (3): 567–576. doi:10.2307/3647455. JSTOR 3647455. 
  2. ^ Lock JM. (2005). "Tribe Hedysareae". In Lewis G, Schrire B, Mackinder B, Lock M.. Legumes of the World. Kew, England: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. pp. 489–495. ISBN 9781900347808. 
  3. ^ "USDA GRIN Taxonomy". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 

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