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.

Botswana: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
laciniata (L.) Mill.SW,SEDescription, Image
sativa L.

Other sources of information about Medicago:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Medicago
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Medicago
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Medicago
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Medicago
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Medicago
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Medicago
JSTOR Plant Science: Medicago
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Medicago
Plants of the World Online: Medicago
Tropicos: Medicago
Wikipedia: Medicago

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Medicago.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=717, retrieved 21 May 2024

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