Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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Robert W. Freckmann
Family Fabaceae
Medicago lupulina L.
black medick
Medicago: derived from Medike, or medick, the Greek name for alfalfa, which came to Greece from Medea
lupulina: hop-like; lupus for "wolf;" small wolf, the hop was called a willow-wolf for the tree on which it climbed
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: sprawling to erect annual/biennial, up to 32" tall forb
Flower: yellow, 5-parted, 1/8" long, keel (top petal) smooth, calyx not 2-lipped; inflorescence a dense, up to 1/3" roundish head with 10-50 stalkless flowers; blooms May-Sept.
Fruit:black, kidney-shaped pod with 1 seed
Leaf:3-parted with oval leaflets, the end leaflet stalked
Habitat: disturbed sites
Notes: Similar to the hop-clovers, Trifolium aureum and T. camprestre which have larger flower heads
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Medicago cupianiana Guss.
Medicago lupulina L. var. cupianiana (Guss.) Boiss.
Medicago lupulina L. var. glandulosa Neilr.

         
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