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Forage Identification: Black medic

Department of Plant Sciences

Black medic (Medicago lupulina L.)

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:

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