Black Medic - Medicago lupulina
Nonesuch, Hop Clover
Annual to perennial. Stems prostrate to ascending 10–45 cm. Herbage sparsely villous. Leaflets obovate, 5–15 mm long. Inflorescence 5–10 mm long with 10 to 35 nodding flowers. Flowers yellow, 2–3 mm long; calyx ca. 1.5 mm long. Legume 1-seeded, reniform, becoming black, sparsely glandular-hairy, veiny, 2–3 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
An introduced species.
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Roadsides, fields, lawns (where it can be a persistent weed), grasslands, woodlands, meadows; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.