Medicago lupulina L.  
Family: Fabaceae
black medick
[Medicago cupianiana Guss., Medicago lupulina var. cupianiana L., Medicago lupulina var. glandulosa L.]
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Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Medicago: derived from Medike, or medick, the Greek name for alfalfa, which came to Greece from Medea
Plants: sprawling to erect annual/biennial, up to 32" tall forb
Leaves: 3-parted with oval leaflets, the end leaflet stalked
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 1/8" long, keel (top petal) smooth, calyx not 2-lipped; inflorescence a dense, up to 1/3" roundish head with 10-50 stalkless flowers; blooms May-Sept.
Fruits: black, kidney-shaped pod with 1 seed
Habitat: disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
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Christopher Noll  
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Paul Drobot  
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Kitty Kohout  
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Merel R. Black  
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