Common name: Cut-leaved Medic
Medicago laciniata (L.) Mill. APNI*
Description: Procumbent or ascending annual, ± pubescent; branches to 35 cm long.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obcordate; terminal leaflets 8–11 mm long, 4–6 mm wide, toothed to laciniate, sometimes with darker flecks; stipules deeply incised, hairy on lower surface.
Inflorescences 1–3-flowered; peduncle half as long as subtending petiole. Calyx teeth shorter than tube. Corolla yellow; standard 4.5–6 mm long; keel longer than wings.
Pod globose to ellipsoid, 5–7 mm long, 5–6 mm diam., coils 5–8, radial veins 8–16 per coil, lateral veins separated from dorsal suture by a narrow deep groove; spines 8–16 in a row, 1–4 mm long; seeds 7–14.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Medit., Asia, N Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *NT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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