Medicago sativa

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Scientific Name Medicago sativa USDA PLANTS Symbol MESA
Common Name Wild Alfalfa ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 183623
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills and montane (4000 to 9500 ft.); roadsides, fields, openings, disturbed areas.
Plant: Erect perennial bush with 5 to 25 or more erect stems 9 to 36 inches tall.
Leaves: Compound ternate leaves with narrowly lanceolate to obovate leaflets up to 1-inch long with small teeth along edges.
Inflorescence: Short racemes of flowers 1/2 to 2 inches long; each typical pea-like flower about 1/3-inch long, consisting of 5 lavender or purple petals, 10 stamens, a single pistil, and a green calyx.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and Illinois Wildflowers.
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