Medicago laciniata (L.) Mill.

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Medicago laciniata

Photo: Tony Benn
Sedibeng Village

Medicago laciniata

Photo: Tony Benn
Sedibeng Village

Medicago laciniata

Photo: Tony Benn
Sedibeng Village

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Synonyms: Medicago aschersoniana Urb.
Medicago polymorpha L. var. laciniata L.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Spreading annual herb, branching from the base. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate-oblong, 4–15 mm long, hairless above, sparsely hairy beneath; margins more or less deeply toothed, mostly in the upper half; petiole up to 2.5 cm long; stipules laciniate, with simple hairs beneath. Inflorescence 1–2-flowered; peduncle produced into an arista beyond the terminal flower. Calyx 3–4 mm long, sparsely appressed-hairy; teeth equal, shorter than the tube. Corolla yellow, twice as long as the calyx; standard ovate, longer than the keel; wings shorter than the keel. Pod cylindrical to ellipsoid with 3-7 coils turning anticlockwise, hairless, spiny; spines 2–4 mm long, the longer ones hooked at the tip
Notes: The specimen in the photographs appears to be the first record for the SE Division.
Derivation of specific name: laciniata: laciniate or divided into deep narrow irregular segments, referring to the stipules.
Habitat: In dry areas by calcareous pans.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa; also in North and Northeastern Africa as far South As Tanzania, Middle East, Arabia and Asia.
Botswana distribution: SW,SE
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Content last updated: Sunday 24 May 2020
Literature:

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 43 - 44. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 69.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Medicago laciniata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Medicago laciniata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Medicago laciniata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Medicago laciniata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Medicago laciniata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Medicago laciniata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Medicago laciniata
iNaturalist: Medicago laciniata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Medicago laciniata
JSTOR Plant Science: Medicago laciniata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Medicago laciniata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Medicago laciniata
Plants of the World Online: Medicago laciniata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Medicago laciniata
Tropicos: Medicago laciniata
Wikipedia: Medicago laciniata


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Medicago laciniata.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=197260, retrieved 16 July 2020

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