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Medicago sativa

Medicago sativa L.

 

Alfalfa

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusMedicagoFrom Latin medica, “alfalfa, lucerne,” in turn from Greek μηδική (πόα), “Median (grass).’Latin medica ‘alfalfa, lucerne,’ from Greek: median μηδική (πόα), “grass”
SpeciessativaMeans “that which is sown,” indicating the plant is a cultivated one

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Medicago sativa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 23 Jun 2010.

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Medicago sativa (Alfalfa)

6/22/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Medicago sativa (Alfalfa)

8/28/2014 · High Road to Taos, NM
≈ 11 × 7" (28 × 18 cm)

Medicago sativa (Alfalfa)

6/22/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Medicago sativa (Alfalfa)

8/28/2014 · High Road to Taos, NM
≈ 8 × 7" (19 × 18 cm)

Medicago sativa (Alfalfa)

6/22/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

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