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Medicago marina - Sea Medick

Medicago marina

Taxonomy

Phylum: Anthophyta

Class: Equisetopsida

Order: Fabales

Family: Fabaceae

This neat and symetrical plant, with its grey felty leaves, grows throughout the Mediterranean region but is found exclusively in coastal habitats - on beaches or in sand dunes. It creeps over the sand, and its leaves, which appear in regular intervals along the stems, form a herringbone pattern. The yellow flowers appear from March until June and are then succeeded by coiled seed pods. This seaside wildflower is a member of the Pea family (Fabaceae)

The specimen shown here was photographed in the Algarve in Portugal in April.


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