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.