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Medicago prostrata
Medicago prostrata
Wild Alfalfa
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0319 0300 (2019-03-10)

Copyright © 2019 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  May 27, 2016
  • latitude 45.82643   longitude 13.84151     View on Google Maps.
  • location   North of village Štanjel, next to the road to Nova Gorica just after the second switchback of the road (Vipavsko, Slovenia)
  • notes   Slo.: polegle meteljka - Habitat: growing on a stony road scarp, moderately inclined mountain slope, southwest aspect, full sun, dry place; mixed wood edge; skeletal ground, calcareous ground; elevation 270 m (880 feet); average precipitations 1.600-1.800 mm/year, average temperature 11-12 deg C, Sub-Mediterranean phytogeographical region. - Substratum: stony soil. - Comment: Medicago prostrata is one of the 13 species of medick genus (Medicago) growing in Slovenia. It is a southeastern European plant. In Slovenia it is a moderately common medic mostly limited to the warmest (the most southwest) region in the country (Ref.: 4). Only in the Soča valley it enters the Alps and in a few other very limited regions of South Alps in Italy (Ref.: 3). In Austria, north to Slovenia, it is extremely rare in Pannonia region. Also in Czech Republic it is only known from a few localities. On the other hand, it grows in Apennines as well as in Balkan Mountains along the Adriatic Sea shore (Ref.: 5). This plant is a wild version of the very common agricultural plant Medicago sativa - variegated alfalfa. - Ref.: (1) M.A. Fischer, W. Adler, K. Oswald, Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, LO Landesmuseen, Linz, Austria (2005), p 563. (2) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 300. (3) D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat, Flora Alpina, Vol. 1., Haupt (2004), p 908. (4) N. Jogan (ed.), Gradivo za Atlas flore Slovenije (Materials for the Atlas of Flora of Slovenia), CKSF (2001), p 210. (5) Flora Croatica Database (FCD), Department of Botany, Faculty of science, FER-ZPR, University of Zagreb (2004); (accessed March 6. 2019)
  • camera   Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_0964/2016_DSC2602
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Wild Alfalfa (photographer)
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