Medicago lupulina

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Black Medick

Medicago lupulina L.

  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Common
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Medium/Insignificant
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – No
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – No
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – No


[1] Link to Wikipedia, Medicago lupulina - "...A native of the old world, black medick is found throughout Europe, north Africa, and much of Asia, including India, China, and Korea. It thrives in dry limestone grounds and coastal sand dunes, where it suffers less competition from the other plants, and as such is found on many islands, such as Taiwan, the Canary Islands, and Madeira. The plant is naturalized throughout the United States, including Hawaii. Black medick is resistant to cold, and can be found on mountains up to 1,800 meters..."

[2] Link to USDA Plants Profile for Medicago lupulina L. black medick

Under heavy grazing or trampling, may become a major component of grassland as taller competitors are removed.

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Briutton and Brown (1913)