Calflora
Taxon  Report   5385    
Medicago polymorpha  L.
Bur clover,  Bur medic, California burclover
Medicago polymorpha
© 2003 Michael Charters
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Medicago polymorpha
© 2004 Carol W. Witham
Medicago polymorpha
© 2008 Steve Matson
Medicago polymorpha, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Limited

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Medicago polymorpha
© 2015 Ken Lunders
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Medicago
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Medicago apiculata
PLANTS: Medicago polymorpha var. tricycla
PLANTS: Medicago polymorpha var. polygyra
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More information about  Medicago polymorpha
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (MEPO3)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 18, 2018).

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