Medicago rigidula Desr. - Hardish Medick.

Taxonomic position.

Family Fabaceae Lindl., genus Medicago L.


Medicago polymorpha var. rigidula L.

Morphology and biology

Annual herbaceous plant. Stems 40 cm tall, procumbent. Leaflets obovate. Stipules ovate in outline, deeply pinnately cleft. Racemes 2-3-flowered. Corolla orange-yellow, 4-6 mm long. Pod barrel-shaped, 6-8 mm diameter, with 6-8 twists, pubescent, its spines straight, without grooves at base. Flowers in March, fruits in May. Autogamous plant. 2n=16.


Black Sea area, Crimea, Caucasus, mountains of Central Asia.


On stony slopes, weed in gardens, vineyard, at roadsides.

Economic value.

May be used as forage plant in mountain areas.


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