Medicago lupulina (Black Medick) - photos and description


Looking straight down on plant in above photo




Seed pods in above photo

General: Annual plants with a decumbent to prostrate, branching growth habit.

Flowers:  Flowers small, bright yellow in colour, and grow in a dense, orbicular raceme. We measured a flower at 3 mm long, and a raceme 5 mm diameter.

Fruit: Pods are small, black, kidney-shaped. We measured a pod at 3 mm long and a pod cluster at 1 cm long.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, trifoliate, leaflets obovate, toothed towards the tips. Leaflets sparingly hairy above and below, stems pubescent above, and sparingly hairy below.

Height: Budd's Flora lists the plant's spread to 60 cm, we measured plants to 20 cm tall, and stems to 44 cm long.

Habitat: Disturbed ground, roadsides, pastures, parklands and boreal forest.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Introduced.

When and where photographed: Photos taken July 16th pasture, Parklands, about 40 km east of Regina, SK, and August 28th on a roadside, about 40 km east our home in Regina, SK.