Common name: Barrel Medic
Medicago truncatula Gaertn. APNI*
Synonyms: Medicago truncatula var. longispina Urb. APNI*
Description: Sparsely hairy annual; branches to 50 cm long.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate to obcordate; terminal leaflets 6–25 mm long, 5–20 mm wide, toothed towards apex, sometimes with darker flecks or a central darker patch.
Inflorescences 1–4-flowered; peduncle shorter than subtending petiole. Calyx teeth slightly shorter to longer than tube. Corolla yellow; standard 4.5–7 mm long; keel longer than wings.
Pod cylindrical to truncate-conical, 4.5–11 mm long, 4.5–8 mm diam., coils 5–8, radial veins ± 10 per coil; spines 7–11 on each side of coil, 1–4 mm long; seeds 3–12.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Medit., N Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A. *N.T.
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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