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|Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Medicago||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Medicago truncatula Gaertn.
Habit: Annual, sparsely hairy. Stem: prostrate to ascending, generally 1--8 dm. Leaf: stipules deeply toothed; leaflets generally 1--2.5 cm, obovate (obcordate), dentate near tip, length 1--2 × width, generally with dark central spot. Inflorescence: 1--3(5)-flowered, peduncle < (>=) petiole. Flower: calyx 2.5--4 mm; corolla 5--7 mm, yellow. Fruit: 5--8 mm, cylindric, generally tight spiral, coiled 3--6 turns, veins not prominent; light yellow to dark gray, sparsely (densely) hairy, prickles 1--4 mm, straight to curved. Seed: 1--2. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Ecology: Uncommon. Disturbed and agricultural areas; Elevation: < 800 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCoRO, PR; Distribution Outside California: native to Mediterranean. Flowering Time: Mar--Apr
Synonyms: Medicago muricata All., misappl.
eFlora Treatment Author: Martin F. Wojciechowski & Duane Isely
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Medicago scutellata
Next taxon: Melilotus
Citation for this treatment: Martin F. Wojciechowski & Duane Isely 2017. Medicago truncatula, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=89274, accessed on February 21, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 21, 2017.