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|Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Medicago||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Medicago arabica (L.) Huds.
Habit: Annual, hairs 0 to sparse. Stem: generally sprawling, 1--4 dm. Leaf: pinnate or subpalmate; stipules generally cut 1/4--1/2 width; leaflets generally 1--2.5 cm, generally obcordate, length +- = width, with dark central spot. Inflorescence: 2--4-flowered. Flower: calyx 2--2.5 mm; corolla 4--5 mm, yellow. Fruit: a loose spiral, coiled 4--6 turns, spheric or short-cylindric; tan to brown, prickles curved, hooked, hairs 0. Seed: several. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Ecology: Disturbed and agricultural areas, fields, woodland; Elevation: < 2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, NCoR, CaRF, n SN, ScV, CW; Distribution Outside California: abundant especially in southeastern United States, elsewhere; native to Mediterranean. Flowering Time: Mar--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: Martin F. Wojciechowski & Duane Isely
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Medicago
Next taxon: Medicago lupulina
Citation for this treatment: Martin F. Wojciechowski & Duane Isely 2017. Medicago arabica, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=32928, accessed on February 23, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 23, 2017.