Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Spotted Medick - Medicago arabica   (L.) Hudson
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Author(L.) Hudson
DistributionScattered from the coast to Polk County; absent in the Mountains. Likely to be found in more counties.

Native to the Mediterranean region; in N.A. mostly eastern states from ME to TX; also Pacific states.
AbundanceApparently rare to uncommon.
HabitatFallow fields, roadsides, cemetery, lawn weed, orchard, waste area.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-August.
IdentificationSpotted Medick is a sprawling to semi-erect plant with clover-like leaves. The 3 leaflets are finely toothed on the margins and usually have a dark reddish or brownish spot on the blade center. The flowers grow 1-5 together, yellow. The pod is tightly curled into a ball, and spiny.
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B.A. SorrieWappanocca NWR, AR, April 2016. Roadside. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
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