Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3464

Forb
Annual

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in GA Piedmont & Mtns, rare in NC)

Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-toothed campanulate calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Legume

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Medicago arabica   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-16-005:
Medicago arabica   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Spotted Medick, Spotted Bur-clover


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mear_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120329_151

March    Greenville County    SC

Stipules shallowly lacerate, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120329_155

March    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120329_158

March    Greenville County    SC

Leaflets 0.7-1.1 x long as wide, leaflet tip usually strongly notched, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120329_160

March    Greenville County    SC

Legume spirally coiled with a double row of curved spines 2-3mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm41810_358

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm42411_213

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Seed pods spirally twisted and covered with spines, per Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4911_101

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Racemes typically 1-5 flowers, pedicels <0.5(1)mm, peduncles 1-2.5cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm4911_103

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaflets usually with a conspicuous reddish-purple spot, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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