Medicago L. - Medicks

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves 3-foliolate, the veins ending in marginal teeth. Stipules adnate to the petiole. Flowers yellow (less often blue to purple), borne in axillary racemes. Calyx teeth 5, subequal. Pod usually spirally coiled and indehiscent, sometimes spiny. Seeds 1-several.

Derivation of name: From a Persian name for a grass (strangely!)

Worldwide: 85 species in Europe, W. Asia and N. Africa.

Britain: 0 cultivated taxa.

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Other sources of information about Medicago:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Medicago
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Medicago
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Medicago
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Medicago
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Medicago

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-20

Hyde, M.A. (2020). UK Flora: Cultivated plants: genus page: Medicago., retrieved 25 November 2020

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