Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Toothed Medick - Medicago polymorpha   L.
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DistributionCollected once in 1957 in Robeson County at a railroad in Lumberton (Ahles and Ramseur 23712 NCU, USF).

Native of Mediterranean Europe; in N.A. mostly southern and Pacific states, north into southern Canada.
AbundanceVery rare. Not seen since 1957.
HabitatRailroad edge.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting March-May.
IdentificationToothed Medick has spiny pods. It has smaller leaflets than M. arabica, but similarly squared off or truncate at the outer end. Even though spiny, the pods are glabrous or glabrate versus densely hairy in M. minima. The leaflets lack a dark spot, unlike in that species.
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