Black Medic (Medicago lupulina):  An introduced perennial belonging to the family fabaceae.  In the Lafayette, IN. area black medic can sometimes act like an annual due to weather related stresses.  Hairy, trailing stems arise from a tap root producing a prostrate plant.  Leaves, arranged alternately on the stem, have three wedge-shaped leaflets.  Flowers are small, yellow, globe-shaped clusters.  Seeds are in coiled pods arranged in clusters.   Usually found on dry sites with thin turf cover.


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