Medicago lupulina L. Black Medic
Sp.Pl. 2:779 (1753)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Friday 17 August 2007

Procumbent or ascending annual or perennial (short-lived), herb. Fl. yellow, Oct to Nov or Feb. Wet areas along river, parklands.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Denmark, Esperance, Harvey, Nungarin.

Scientific Description
C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, Friday 4 December 2020

Prostrate,spreading or scrambling, herb. Stems terete, not spiny, glabrous; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, compound, alternate, not continuous with stem, 15-30 mm long, glabrous, flat with flat margins; margins entire, leaflets 3, pinnately arranged, terminal leaflet present, stalked. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves, 8 mm long, without glands, ribless. Corolla uniformly coloured, yellow, not beaked (?). Stamens ten. Fruit stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, not beaked. Flowers in February, October and November. Occurs in the South-West Botanical Province, in the Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Warren, Esperance and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.