Calflora
Taxon  Report   5387    
Medicago sativa  L.
Alfalfa
Medicago sativa
© 2005 Louis-M. Landry
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Medicago sativa
© 2011 Jean Pawek
Medicago sativa
© 2003 Michael Charters
Medicago sativa, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Medicago sativa
© 2003 Michael Charters
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Medicago
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: escaped cultivar

Wetlands: Occurs in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Medicago sativa ssp. falcata
ICPN: Medicago sativa ssp. sativa
More information about  Medicago sativa
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (MESA)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

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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 12, 2018).

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