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Lucerne - introduced (*Medicago savita)

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Other names: Alfalfa.

Family: Fabaceae (Pea family).

Native of Europe and Asia.

Occurrence: Scattered weed along roadsides, and in built up areas.


Lucerne is widely grown as a fodder crop and sometimes grown as a medicinal plant. Most roadside occurrences are near paddocks that have been sown to Lucerne. It is reputed to be a troublesome weed in irrigation areas.

Other medics: Smaller medics resemble yellow-flowered clovers. They differ from clovers in that have coiled pods.
Small yellow-flowered medics.

Photos: 1: Specimen from Lyttleton St, Castlemaine.
2: Lucerne in flower. Joyce's Creek.