(mə-lĭf′ər-əs) also mel·lif·ic (-lĭf′ĭk)
Yielding or having to do with honey: melliferous plants.

[From Latin mellifer : mel, mell-, honey; see melit- in Indo-European roots + -fer, -fer.]
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(mɪˈlɪfərəs) or


(Zoology) forming or producing honey
[C17: from Latin mellifer, from mel honey + ferre to bear]
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Biodiversity of melliferous plant species from different climatic and geographic regions of Croatia provides great potential for honey production, with acacia honey being one of the most common.
Honey color reflects the melliferous flora harvested by bees and varies according to the seasons, the harvesting technics, and the treatment of honey [23].
However, the palynological studies applied to these biological control agents are still scarce, mainly when compared to pollinator insects, such as the melliferous bees (Jones and Jones, 2001; Medeiros et al., 2010).
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As the result of scientific substantiation of CBNU and geoplanning of rural area at the level of the region, there was a method offered, as well as principles and criteria of nature management, type design of basinal structures was performed under target indices groups, measures on ecological sanitation and rational economic use of the territory developed, including events of biologization of the fields, increase of melliferous capacity, defining areas for natural self-restoration, plans of rational economic and recreational use of water objects developed, as well as optimization of ground roads networks.
The study zone belong to the Lake Victoria phytochorion [19-21] with shrubs of Acacia spp., legume trees, melliferous plant species, Papyrus and palms ranging from 2 to 15 m high dominating the remnant secondary vegetation [28].