Taxon  Report   5387    
Medicago sativa  L.
Medicago sativa
© 2003 Michael Charters
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Medicago sativa
© 2003 Michael Charters
Medicago sativa
© 2011 Jean Pawek
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
© 2005 Louis-M. Landry
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
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 17, 2019).