3688.000 Medicago L.

Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. & Moore, D.M. (1989) Flora of the British Isles. 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7)

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.

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
orbicularis (L.) Bartal.C
polymorpha L. var. polymorpha W
polymorpha L. var. brevispina (Benth.) HeynC

Other sources of information about Medicago:

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Flora of Botswana: Medicago
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Medicago
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Medicago

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Medicago.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=717, retrieved 23 October 2021

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