Medicago minima (L.) Bartal. Small Burr Medic
Cat.Piante Siena 60-61 (1776)

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

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Friday 17 August 2007

Prostrate annual, herb, to 0.1 m high. Fl. yellow, Jul to Sep. Grey loamy sand, red-brown clay loam, granite, ironstone. Hills, valley slopes, rangelands, roadsides.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Mallee, Murchison, Nullarbor, Swan Coastal Plain, Yalgoo.

IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P1, Avon Wheatbelt P2, Central band, Nullarbor Plain, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Murchison, Geraldton Hills, Perth, Recherche, Southern Cross, Tallering, Western Mallee, Western Murchison.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Bruce Rock, Canning, Coolgardie, Coorow, Dalwallinu, Dundas, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Greater Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kellerberrin, Lake Grace, Menzies, Merredin, Mingenew, Moora, Mount Magnet, Mount Marshall, Narembeen, Nungarin, Perenjori, Perth, South Perth, Trayning, Westonia, Yalgoo, Yilgarn.

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

Prostrate,spreading or scrambling, herb. Stems terete, not spiny, hairy; pustules or glands absent. Leaves or phylloclades clearly present, simple, alternate, not continuous with stem, 10-18 mm long, glabrous, flat with flat margins; margins entire, leaflets 3, pinnately arranged, terminal leaflet present, stalked. Stipules present and persistent to older leaves. Calyx with simple hairs (?). Corolla NaN (?) mm long, uniformly coloured, yellow. Stamens ten; anthers NaN (?) mm long. Ovary style NaN (?) mm long. Fruit 5-6 mm long, stipitate, not constricted between the seeds, round in cross-section, hairy, with simple hairs, not beaked. Flowers in July, August and September. Occurs in the Eremaean and South-West Botanical Province, in the Yalgoo, Murchison, Coolgardie, Geraldton Sandplains, Avon Wheatbelt, Mallee, Esperance and Swan Coastal Plain IBRA regions.