Black Medick - Medicago lupulina


    Low, often prostrate, hairy plant. Leaves are trifoliate and widest above the middle, with a nerve protruding at the broad end of each leaflet in the centre. Flowers yellow, 2 to 3 mm, many to a raceme. Pods sickle or kidney shaped 1.5 to 3 mm black when ripe.

    Similar Species

    Distinguished from Least Trefoil and Hop Trefoil by the minute point at the end of the leaves.

    Photo ID?

    Grass verges, mown areas.

    When to see it

    April to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common in England and Wales, scarcer further north, mainly coastal in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 538 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map