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Common name

English: Costal Medic, Strand Medic

German: Strand-Schneckenklee

Portuguese: Luzerna das praias


Kingdom: Plantae (2616)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2519)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2128)

      Order: Fabales (239)

        Family: Fabaceae (239)(family description)

          Genus: Medicago (8)

            Epithet: littoralis Lois. (4)

Synonyms: Medicago arenaria Ten., Medicago cylindracea DC., Medicago subinermis Bertol., Medicago tricycla DC.

arenaria => growing in sand

cylindracea => cylindrical

littoralis => found on the seashore

subinermis => almost spineless

tricycla => calyx constisting of three sepals


Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: xerophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: yellow

External links

Check for Medicago littoralis at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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