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Pakistan | Family List | Papilionaceae | Medicago

Medicago polymorpha Linn., Sp.Pl. 779. 1753. emend. Shin. in Rhodora 58:5.1956; Heyn, Annual Sp.Medicago 71.1963.

  • Medicago denticulata Willd.

    Annual, somewhat spreading. Petiole 1.2-4 cm long, leaflets 10-20 mm long, 7-15 mm broad, obovate to cuneate, obtuse, truncate to retuse, slightly toothed; stipules laciniate. Inflorescence a 2-8-flowered peduncled raceme, peduncle 5-15 mm long. Pedicel c. 5 mm long. Calyx 2.5 mm long, teeth subequal to the tube. Corolla c. 4 mm long, yellow. Fruit 2-12 mm high, with 2-4 (-6) spirals, glabrous, spines hooked in 2 rows, oriented almost parallel to the surface of the disc.

    Fl.Per.: March-May.

    Lectotype: Hort. Cliff., no. 118 (BM).

    Distribution: Pakistan; widely distributed throughout the world, except for tropical regions and desert.

    Commonly found as a. weed, often used as fodder.


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