Taxon  Report   5385 
Medicago polymorpha  L.
Bur medic,  bur clover, California burclover, bur clover, burclover
Medicago polymorpha, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.
The California Invasive Plant Council classifies its potential impact on native ecosystems as limited   (plant profile / CalWeedMapper).

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Medicago polymorpha
© 2003 Michael Charters
Medicago polymorpha
© 2003 Michael Charters
Medicago polymorpha
© 2004 Carol W. Witham
Wetlands:Usually occurs in non wetlands, but occasionally found in wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Medicago
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Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
(according to)

PLANTS: Medicago apiculata
PLANTS: Medicago polymorpha var. tricycla
PLANTS: Medicago polymorpha var. polygyra
PLANTS: Medicago polymorpha var. ciliaris
PLANTS: Medicago polymorpha var. brevispina
PLANTS: Medicago polycarpa
PLANTS: Medicago hispida
PLANTS: Medicago hispida var. confinis
PLANTS: Medicago hispida var. apiculata
PLANTS: Medicago denticulata
PLANTS: Medicago polymorpha var. vulgaris
 Information about  Medicago polymorpha  from other sources:

Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images

website references on Google

UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora (TJM2)

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

Original Publication citation. on the International Plants Names Index

Search (Flora of North America)

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]. 2015. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Mar 27, 2015).

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