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Black Medic - Medicago lupulina

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 0

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General Description
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).

Species Range
Unknown/Undetermined
 


Range Comments
An introduced species.

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 98

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Habitat
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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