OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Medicago sativa   FAMILY Fabaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Medicago sativa ssp. sativa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-16-001:
Medicago sativa   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Alfalfa, Lucerne, Blue Alfalfa


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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Medicago sativa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Medicago sativa ssp. sativa   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-16-001:
Medicago sativa   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

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3267

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Southeast Europe

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue-violet, purple (rarely white or varicolored)
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-toothed campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

Inflorescence an axillary raceme

FRUIT:
Summer
Legume

 

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