Kingdom: Plantae > Division: Tracheophyta > Class: Magnoliopsida > Order: Fabales > Family: Fabaceae > Genus: Medicago > Species: Medicago polymorpha > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Medicago polymorpha subsp. polymorpha L., 1753 Kerguélen M. (1993)
Medicago polymorpha var. rigidula L., 1753 Greuter W., Burdet H.M., & Long G. (1989)

Medicago polymorpha L.

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Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Reported as invasive by NOBANIS

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

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Not evaluated


Least Concern


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

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Common names and synonyms

The species has no common names
Synonym Author
Medicago loretii Albert, 1893
Medicago nigra subsp. microcarpa (Urban) O. Bolós & Vigo, 1974
Medicago polycarpa subsp. polymorpha (L., 1753) Cadevall & Sallent, 1913
Medicago polycarpa subsp. reticulata (Bentham) Coste, 1906
Medicago polymorpha subsp. hispida (Gaertner, 1791) Ponert, 1973
Medicago polymorpha subsp. lappacea (Desr., 1792) Bonafé, 1979
Medicago polymorpha subsp. polycarpa (Desr., 1792) Bonafé, 1979
Medicago polymorpha subsp. vulgaris Osorio-Taf. & Seraphim, 1973
Medicago terebellum Willd., 1802
Medicago denticulata Willd.
Medicago lappacea Desr.
Medicago pentacycla DC.
Medicago pontificalis Gennari
Medicago apiculata Willd.
Medicago hispida Gaertn.
Medicago nigra (L.) Krock.
Medicago polycarpa Willd.
Medicago reticulata Benth.

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External data

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