Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Medicago lupulina Linnaeus
(Black Medick)


Family: Fabaceae

Status: Exotic

Synonyms:
None

Medicago lupulina is ubiquitous on dry ground throughout most of the Gila from lower elevations up to over 9000 feet. It has ovate trifoliate leaves and globose pale yellow flower heads. It can also be found in town in cracks in the sidewalk. The fruits are small and coiled into a kidney shape. Eventually the fruits turn black, giving rise to the common name "Black Medick."
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Medicago lupulina, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, signal Peak turnoff, July 2, 200



Medicago lupulina, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Kelly Kindscher & Danielle Walkup, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, July 23, 2008



Medicago lupulina, inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Meadow Creek, Oct. 10, 2008



Medicago lupulina, 1x macro of inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman, Karen & Evelyn Blisard, Silver City, sidewalk in front of Adobe Springs, Jan. 9, 2009



Medicago lupulina, 3x macro of inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman, Karen & Evelyn Blisard, Silver City, sidewalk in front of Adobe Springs, Jan. 9, 2009



Medicago lupulina, 5x macro of inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman, Karen & Evelyn Blisard, Silver City, sidewalk in front of Adobe Springs, Jan. 9, 2009



Medicago lupulina, 1x macro of coiled fruits, photo Russ Kleinman, Karen & Evelyn Blisard, Silver City, sidewalk in front of Adobe Springs, Jan. 9, 2009



Medicago lupulina, 2x macro of coiled fruits, photo Russ Kleinman, Karen & Evelyn Blisard, Silver City, sidewalk in front of Adobe Springs, Jan. 9, 2009


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