Scientific Name:
Medicago arabica (L.) Huds.
Vernacular Name(s):
bur medick; Spotted bur medick

Procumbent, annual herb; stems ± glabrous. Lvs almost glabrous or sparsely hairy on petiole and under surface of leaflets, glabrous above; petioles c. 10–60–(150) mm long; leaflets mostly obtriangular, obtuse to slightly emarginate or slightly acute, mucronate, obtuse to cuneate at base, serrate near apex, usually with dark markings, c. 5–20 mm long; terminal petiolule 2–4 mm long; lateral petiolules < 1 mm long; stipules ovate, acuminate, cordate, usually dentate, sometimes laciniate. Infl. 1–5-flowered; peduncles ± glabrous or sparsely hairy, < petioles; pedicels < or = calyx tube. Calyx sparsely hairy; calyx teeth narrowly triangular, = or > tube. Corolla yellow, 4–6 mm long. Pod ± glabrous, coiled in 3–7 turns without a hole in the centre, faintly reticulately veined and with a double row of spines at the margin, 3–7 mm diam. (excluding spines), few-seeded; seeds yellow to brown, c. 3 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Sep.–Apr.