Medicago turbinata

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Medicago turbinata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Medicago
Species: M. turbinata
Binomial name
Medicago turbinata
(L.) All.

Medicago polymorpha var. tuberculata Retz.
Medicago polymorpha var. turbinata L.
Medicago spinulosa DC
Medicago tuberculata (Retz.) Willd.

Medicago turbinata or Southern medick is a plant species of the genus Medicago.[1] It is found throughout the Mediterranean basin.[2] It forms a symbiotic relationship with the bacterium Sinorhizobium medicae, which is capable of nitrogen fixation. An unidentified lectin isolated from M. turbinata has shown limited usefulness as a phytohaemagglutinin.[3]



  1. ^ a b "ILDIS page on Medicago turbinata". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ Béna, G., Lyet, A., Huguet, T., and Olivier, I. (2005). "MedicagoSinorhizobium symbiotic specificity evolution and the geographic expansion of Medicago". J. Evol. Biol. 18 (6): 1547–58. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2005.00952.x. PMID 16313467. 
  3. ^ Bird, G. W., Wingham, J. (1983). ""New" lectins for the identification of erythrocyte cryptantigens and the classification of erythrocyte polyagglutinability: Medicago disciformis and Medicago turbinata". J. Clin. Pathol. 36 (2): 195–6. doi:10.1136/jcp.36.2.195. PMC 498150Freely accessible. PMID 6826775.