|Scientific Name||Medicago lupulina||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MELU|
|Common Name||Black Medick||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||503721|
|Description||Habitat: Fields, pastures, disturbed areas, roadsides, and lawns.
Plant: Annual with several prostrate to decumbent or ascending stems up to 2 ft. long, branching from the base,
Leaves: Alternate, pinnately ternate leaves on petioles up to 5/8-inch long; the three leaflets obovate to suborbicular, 1/4 to 5/8-inch long; edges are denticulate, at least on the upper half.
Inflorescence: Compact, ovoid flower heads arising from leaf axils on peduncles 3/8 to 1-inch long, each with many tiny bright yellow pea-like blossoms, 1/8-inch long.
Bloom Period: March to May.
Fruit: Very small kidney-shaped pods, less than 1/8-inch long, black when ripe; smooth, not prickly surfaces.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, and SEInet.
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Map Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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