Medicago arabica

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Medicago arabica
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Trifolieae
Genus: Medicago
Species: M. arabica
Binomial name
Medicago arabica

M. a. var. heptacycla Urb.
M. a. var. immaculata Schur
M. a. var. intermis Ricker
M. a. var. minor Loj. and Poj.
M. a. var. vulgaris Rouy


Medica arabica Med.
Medicago cordata Desr.
Medicago coronata Pall.
Medicago immaculata Schur
Medicago maculata Sibth.
Medicago maculata Willd.
Medicago maculata var. immaculata Schur
Medicago oxaloides Schur
Medicago polymorpha var. arabica L.
Medicago tinei Loj. & Poj.

Medicago arabica, the spotted medick, spotted burclover, heart clover, is a flowering plant in the pea and bean family Fabaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean basin but is found throughout the world. It forms a symbiotic relationship with the bacterium Sinorhizobium medicae, which is capable of nitrogen fixation.


  1. ^ The use of these varieties is deprecated since intermediate forms are as frequent as the extreme forms used to identify the varieties.