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: 33 taxa.

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SpeciesSpecies codeContent
arabica (L.) Huds.
arborea L.
blancheana Boiss.
coronata (L.) Bartal.
disciformis DC.
doliata Carmign.
glutinosa M. Bieb.
intertexta (L.) Mill.
laciniata (L.) Mill.
littoralis Rohde ex Loisel.
lupulina L.
marina L.
minima (L.) Bartal.
murex Willd.
noeana Boiss.
orbicularis (L.) Bartal.
polymorpha L.
praecox DC.
prostrata DC.
radiata L.
rigidula (L.) All.
rotata Boiss.
rugosa Desr.
sativa L.[Agg]
sativa L. subsp. falcata (L.) Arcang.
sativa L. subsp. sativa
sativa L. subsp. varia (Martyn) Arcang.
scutellata (L.) Mill.
soleirolii Duby
tenoreana Ser.
tornata (L.) Mill.
truncatula Gaertn.
turbinata (L.) All.

Other sources of information about Medicago:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): 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, 2008-24

Hyde, M.A. (2024). UK Flora: Genus page: Medicago.
https://www.ukflora.info/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=487, retrieved 28 February 2024

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