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Black Medick, Medicago lupulina Family: Fabaceae
Medicago lupulina     *     Black Medick

Flowering time: April-October. Perennial

Habitat: Roadsides, grassland, walls and waste ground preferring well-drained calcareous soils.

Compact, stalked yellow flowers are followed by kidney-shaped netted seedpods which turn black when ripe. The trifoliate alternate leaves have toothed or untoothed leaflets with mucronate (pointed) tips. Scrambling growth to 75cm.

Similar: Lesser Trefoil and Hop Trefoil have leaves without mucronate tips


Black Medick, Medicago lupulina       Black Medick, Medicago lupulina


Black Medick, Medicago lupulina
Black Medick, Medicago lupulina
Dorset. July 2012

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