Common name: Small-leaved Burr Medic
Medicago praecox DC. APNI*
Description: Decumbent or ascending annual, ± pubescent; branches to 50 cm long.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obcordate to obovate; terminal leaflets 5.5–12 mm long, 5–13 mm wide, toothed towards apex, without darker marks; stipules deeply incised, hairy on lower surface.
Inflorescences 1- or 2-flowered; peduncle shorter than subtending petiole. Calyx teeth shorter than tube. Corolla yellow; standard 2–3 mm long; keel longer than wings.
Pod cylindrical to truncate-conical, 4–5.5 mm long, 4–5 mm diam., coils 2.5–4, radial veins 8–12 per coil, lateral veins present, separated from dorsal suture by a narrow deep groove; spines 10–12 in each row, 2–3 mm long; seeds 3–6.
Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon, naturalized south from Molong. Native of Medit.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP, *SFWP, *CT
Other Australian states: *S.A.
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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