Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Medicago sativa L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Kurt Stüber

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Robert Bierman
Family Fabaceae
Medicago sativa L.
Medicago: derived from Medike, or medick, the Greek name for alfalfa, which came to Greece from Medea
sativa: sown
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb; slender stems; deep roots
Flower: purple to cream, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" long, calyx not 2-lipped; inflorescence a stalked, rounded to cylindrical, head-like cluster (raceme) of short-stalked flowers; blooms June-Sept.
Fruit:finely-hairy pod
Leaf:stalked, 3-parted, long and narrow
Habitat: disturbed sites

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