Medicago arabica (L.) Huds. - Spotted Medick
Family - Fabaceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Disturbed sites, waste places, lawns, fields, roadsides.
Origin - Native to the Mediterranean region.
Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its ascending stems, spotted leaflets, small, yellow flowers, and coiled, spine-bearing fruits. Although the plant is a certain weed, it is an interesting little species to look at.
Photographs taken at the Auburn University Arboretum, AL., 3-26-05.