Medicago orbicularis (L.) Bartal. - Button Clover
Family - Fabacaeae
Flowering - March - July.
Habitat - Lawns, waste ground.
Origin - Native to the Mediterraniean region.
Other information - This little species is fairly uncommon in Alabama but will most certainly spread with time. The plant is easy to identify because of its fimbriate stipules, toothed leaves, and spirally coiled fruits. A couple of other species are similar but have spines on their fruits.
Photographs taken in Lebanon, TN., 5-16-03.