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Medicago falcata
Medicago falcata
Yellow Medic
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0219 1220 (2019-02-25)

Copyright © 2019 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Jun 14, 2008
  • latitude 45.81236   longitude 13.61639     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Next to the paved road from Italy-Slovenia border crossing Klariči to village Brestovica pri Komnu, Brestoviški dol (Primorska, Slovenia)
  • notes   Slo.: srpasta meteljka - syn.: Medicago sativa L. ssp. falcata (L.) Döll., Medicago romanica Prodan, Medicago procumbens Besser - Habitat: grassland overgrown with bushes and scattered trees; semi-ruderal place; locally flat terrain; calcareous, skeletal ground; dry and warm place, full sun; elevation 70 m (230 feet); average precipitations 1.500-1.600 mm/year, average temperature 12-13 deg C, Sub-Mediterranean phytogeographical region. - Substratum: soil. - Comment: Medicago falcata is native in Mediterranean basin, however, it is spread also outside it. It can be found in Asia as well as in North America. It grows on rather dry grassland, fields, and waste areas. The plant thrives in symbiosis with certain fungi, which are capable to collect nitrogen. Hence, it is sometimes planted together with its close relative purple medic (Medicago sativa s. lat.). Both plants improve forage and nitrogen content of the agricultural land. Both frequently form hybrids, which makes accurate identification many times very difficult if not impossible. The main distinguishing character between both are their fruits. Medicago sativa s. lat. has (usually) strongly spirally coiled fruits, while those of Medicago falcata are (usually) merely sickle-shaped. - Ref.: (1) D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat, Flora Alpina, Vol. 1., Haupt (2004), p 908. (2) M.A. Fischer, W. Adler, K. Oswald, Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, LO Landesmuseen, Linz, Austria (2005), p 562. (3) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 299. (4) (accessen Feb. 25. 2019)
  • camera   Nikon D70 /Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_0271/2008_DSC9540
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Yellow Medic, Sickle Medic, Yelllow Alfalfa (photographer)
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