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Medicago arborea


Medicago arborea is a flowering plant species in the pea and bean family Fabaceae. Common names include moon trefoil, shrub medick, alfalfa arborea, and tree medick. It is found throughout Europe and especially in the Mediterranean basin, primarily on rocky shores among shrubby vegetation. It forms a symbiotic relationship with the bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti, which is capable of nitrogen fixation. It is the only member of the genus Medicago which is used as an ornamental. M. arborea is sometimes misidentified as Cytisus, which it resembles.<ref name=Lesins>Template:Cite book</ref>


The shrub is Template:Convert high and wide and is pale yellow in colour. Its stems are erect and terete while its stipules are triangular and are Template:Convert in height. Its petioles are Template:Convert long with obovate to obcordate leaflets. Flowers are scattered 6-10 racemes and are Template:Convert long with axillar peduncles which are Template:Convert. Bracts are Template:Convert long while its pedicels are Template:Convert long. Its legume is coiled in 0.5 to 1.5 spirals which are Template:Convert wide and are pubescent at the center. The corolla is of orange colour and is Template:Convert. The seeds are Template:Convert long.<ref>Template:Cite journal</ref>



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