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Forage Identification: Black medic

Department of Plant Sciences

Black medic (Medicago lupulina L.)

Adaptation: 
Winter annual. Grows in all zones. Volunteers in many areas. Grows on moderately acid soil, but is most productive on calcareous soils.

Black medic

Growth Habitat:
Winter annual with prostrate stems. Usually not over 6 to 8 inches tall. Shallow rooted.

Black medic

Plant Characteristics:
Heart shaped, hairy leaflets with toothed margins. Small yellow flowers develop coiled seed pods.

Black medic

Seed Characteristics:

Black medic

Important Identifying Characteristics:
Small yellow flowers. Heart shaped, hairy leaflets.

Black medic

Primary Uses:
Pastures.


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