E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Medicago arabica (L.) Huds.
spotted medic (spotted medick)
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb; stems prostrate or decumbent, 30-80 cm tall, nearly glabrous or with long soft hairs.
Alternate, pinnately compound; leaflets 3, egg- to heart-shaped, purple-blotched near the centre, jagged-toothed in the upper half, 1.5-3 cm long; stipules coarse-toothed, not sheathing.
Inflorescence of 1 to 5 pea-like flowers in a reduced, axillary raceme on a stalk 1-3 cm long, the stalks shorter than the leaves; corollas yellow, about 5 mm long, the banner longer than the wings and keel; calyces sparsely white-hairy, 2-3 mm long, the lanceolate, long-pointed teeth slightly longer than the tube.
Pods, coiled through 3 to 5 spirals, round, 4-8 mm in diameter, the outer margins with 2 rows of curved or hooked spines 2.5-3.5 mm long; seeds several.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry fields and waste places; rare, known only from the Victoria area; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Medicago arabica subsp. inermis Ricker
Medicago maculata Sibth.

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