Taxon  Report   5382    
Medicago lupulina  L.
Black medick
Medicago lupulina
© 2003 Michael Charters
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Medicago lupulina
© 2011 Louis-M. Landry
Medicago lupulina
© 2007 Luigi Rignanese
Medicago lupulina, a dicot, is an annual or perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Medicago lupulina
© 2009 Neal Kramer
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Medicago
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian

Arid West: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Medicago lupulina var. cupaniana
PLANTS: Medicago lupulina var. glandulosa
More information about  Medicago lupulina
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 22, 2019).