Taxon profile


Medicago sativa L.

kingdom Plantae - plants »  divisio Magnoliophyta - flowering plants »  class Rosopsida - eudicots »  order Fabales »  family Fabaceae - Legumes »  genus Medicago - alfalfa

Scientific synonyms

Medica sativa Lam.
Medicago sativa f. sativa
Medicago afganica (Bordere) Vassilcz.
Medicago sativa f. alba Benke
Medicago beipinensis Vassilcz.
Medicago sativa var. grandiflora Grossh.
Medicago grandiflora (Grossh.) Vassilcz.
Medicago ladak Vassilcz.
Medicago mesopotamica Vassilcz.
Medicago orientalis Vassilcz.

Other names

= Common Lucerne
= Lucerne
= Luzerne
= Violet-flowered Lucerne

Least Concern LC



Taxon in country check-lists*

Europe: Czechia, Asia: Israel

* List of countries might not be complete

Intertaxon relationships

parasite: Pseudopeziza medicaginis (Lib.) Sacc., Phoma pinodella (L.K. Jones) Morgan-Jones & K.B. Burch, Orobanche lutea Baumg.

consumer: Plagionotus floralis (Pallas, 1773) - Lucerne Longicorn, Tychius flavus Becker, 1864, Sitona sulcifrons (Thunberg, 1798), Sitona obsoletus (Gmelin, 1790), Sitona humeralis Stephens, 1831, ...

consumer (larval stage only): Brachypera zoilus (Scopoli, 1763) - Clover Leaf Weevil

Included taxa

Number of records: 3

subspecies Medicago sativa subsp. sativa - Lucerne
subspecies Medicago sativa subsp. varia (Martyn) Arcang.

Medicago sativa subsp. varia

Links and literature

CZ EN Pladias [Medicago sativa]

Pladias [] [as Medicago sativa]
Data retrieved on: 3 August 2020
CZ Danihelka J., Chrtek J., Kaplan Z., Wild J. (2011): Seznam jmen cévnatých rostlin použitých v nálezové databázi květeny České republiky [], Botanický ústav AV ČR [as Medicago sativa L.]
Data retrieved on: 21 November 2013
EN Danin A.: Flora and Vegetation of Israel [] [as Medicago sativa]
Data retrieved on: 26 February 2009
CZ Kubát et al. (2002): Klíč ke květeně České republiky, Academia, Praha [as Medicago sativa L.]
Data retrieved on: 26 May 2019
EN Danihelka J., Chrtek J. Jr. & Kaplan Z. (2012): Seznam cévnatých rostlin květeny České republiky, Preslia 84: 647–811 [as Medicago sativa L.]
Data retrieved on: 18 August 2019

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