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med-DIK-ah-go — from ancient Greek medike, referring to media
sa-TEE-vuh — cultivated
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commonly known as: alfafa, bastard medic, buffal herb, lucerne, purple medic, sand lucerne • Gujarati: વિલાયતી ઘાસ vilayati ghas • Hindi: लुसन घास lusan ghas • Kannada: ಲುಸರ್ನೆ ಸೊಪ್ಪು lusarne soppu, ವಿಲಾಯಿತಿ ಹುಲ್ಲು vilaayiti hullu • Marathi: विलायती गवत vilayati gavat • Punjabi: ਦੁਰੇਸ਼ਤਾ dureshta, ਸਿੰਝੀ sinjhi • Sanskrit: अश्वाबला ashvabala • Tamil: குதிரை மசால் kutirai macal
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Native to: n Africa, Eurasia; widely naturalized / cultivated elsewhere
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Perennial tufted herb with ovate-lanceolate stipules, 10-25 mm long leaflets, white blue or purple flowers in 5-30 flowered racemes or heads on very long peduncles; fruit 5-9 mm, tightly coiled,
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I don’t think at this stage (in flower) it could be used as vegetable
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Plant for identification (23/06/2011 NSJ-02):
Shrub for identification from Nubra valley Ladakh.


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Medicago sativa ??021111-PKA2:
Seen this herb with trifoliolate leaves near Turtuk Village, Ladakh.
Could this be Medicago sativa??
(Family: Fabaceae)
Date/Time: 18-09-2011 / 01:45PM
Location
: near Turtuk Village, Ladakh (altitude approx.:11000 ft.)
Habitat: Wild
Plant habit Herb.


Yes Medica sativa, very common in Ladakh and Kashmir


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Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week: -Medicago sativa:
Flowers of Medicago sativa from Nubra valley, Ladakh


Yes … Very common in Ladakh and Kashmir valley, blue is much more commoner.


2nd image appears closer to images at Medicago falcata L.



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Place : Uruli Kanchan, Pune
Date : May 2009
Habitat : Cultivated
These are fed to the cows of the Uruli Kanchan Ashram.

Yes … Great to see this in large plantation.


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med-DIK-ah-go — from ancient Greek medike, referring to media
sa-TEE-vuh — cultivated

May 29, 2010 … at Rajguru Nagar, near Pune
commonly known as: alfafa, bastard medic, buffal herb, lucerne, purple medic, sand lucerne • Gujarati: વિલાયતી ઘાસ vilayati ghas • Hindi: लुसन घास lusan ghas • Kannada: ಲುಸರ್ನೆ ಸೊಪ್ಪು lusarne soppu, ವಿಲಾಯಿತಿ ಹುಲ್ಲು vilaayiti hullu • Marathi: विलायती गवत vilayati gavat • Punjabi: ਦੁਰੇਸ਼ਤਾ dureshta, ਸਿੰਝੀ sinjhi • Sanskrit: अश्वाबला ashvabala • Tamil: குதிரை மசால் kutirai macal
Native to: n Africa, Eurasia; widely naturalized / cultivated elsewhere
some views: May 29, 2010 … at Rajguru Nagar, near Pune


The close up of these tiny flowers looks very cute.
A faint violet shade of the flowers is totally different from others.
‘Lasan ghas’ or ‘Vilayati ghas’
perennial erect 30-90 cm plant cultivated as gr
een fodder plant.

Trifoliate leaves; Leaflets peculiar : Dentate in upper half


But why the name ‘Bastard Medic’ for such an important medicinal herb?


…. could not find any information on internet regarding reasoning for such name.
Intriguingly, there are quite a few plants which have this prefix.
Perhaps, someone be able to throw light.


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Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week: Medicago sativa from Kashmir:
Medicago sativa Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 778. 1753. 
Common names: Alfalfa, Lucerne
Perennial tufted herb with ovate-lanceolate stipules, 10-25 mm long leaflets, white blue or purple flowers in 5-30 flowered racemes or heads on very long peduncles; fruit 5-9 mm, tightly coiled,
Very common in Kashmir valley in pastures and lawns, photographed from Botanical garden in Srinagar, Kashmir

I still wonder about the reason of the genus name Medicago for the plant..


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Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week :: Medicago sativa-PKA25:
Bot.name: Medicago sativa
(Family: Fabaceae)
Date/Time: 18-09-2011 / 01:45PM
Location: near Turtuk Village, Ladakh (altitude approx.:11000 ft.)
Habitat: Wild
Plant habit Herb.



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efloraofindia:”For Id 18032013MR1’’ stem with purple flowers at Pune : 3 images.
16/03/2012
requesting identification of this stem with purple flowers. I found this in one of the green leafy vegetables that I purchased.

Medicago sativa, alfalfa
A weed in cultivated fields and often grown as cattle feed


A beautiful find in the vegetable.


Thank you … Yes the flowers were beautiful and so also the leaves which appeared toothed at the tip.


I don’t think at this stage (in flower) it could be used as vegetable. It must have come along with some vegetable, although tender leaves can be consumed as vegetable, the plants is mostly used as cattle fodder and often cultivated for it.



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Medicago sativa L.
at Rajgurunagar on May 29, 2010

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Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Medicago sativa from Kashmir-GSOCT46/51 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Medicago sativa Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 778. 1753.
Common names: Alfalfa, Lucerne
Perennial tufted herb with ovate-lanceolate stipules, 10-25 mm long leaflets, white blue or purple flowers in 5-30 flowered racemes or heads on very long peduncles; fruit 5-9 mm, tightly coiled,
Very common in Kashmir valley in pastures and lawns, photographed from Botanical garden in Srinagar, Kashmir

these flowers are more intensely hued than what we see in north american lawns



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Seen this herb with trifoliolate leaves near Turtuk Village, Ladakh.
Bot. name: Medicago sativa
(Family: Fabaceae)
Date/Time: 18-09-2011 / 01:45PM
Location: near Turtuk Village, Ladakh (altitude approx.:11000 ft.)
Habitat: Wild
Plant habit Herb.


very nice pictures but i have never seen alfa alfa to be this intense colored flowers. nice to see this variation



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SK101SEP16-1016:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures for ID. Shot at Leh on 20 August 2014 at 11000 ft.


This is clearly a member of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae).
Photos not in close-up, the final image out-of-focus with the flowers an foliage unopened. The image showing the young pods does not show much detailStraggly, maybe depauperate, is the correct description for this specimen. All-in-all, this makes it much harder to be sure.
My initial thoughts are an immature ‘Lucerne’ or ‘Alfalfa’  Medicago sativathe location fits as is cultivated in irrigated fields but open to other suggestions.

Picture not so good quality. It was in a cultivated field.



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SK987 18 FEB-2018 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Location : Nubra Valley India
Altitude: Around  11000 
Date:  21August 2014
Habit : Wild

Pl. check

Medicago sativa L. ???

I also think closer to images at Medicago sativa


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Smiriti van, Jaipur-2/5/2009; in a farm at Uruli Kanchan, Pune- 15.5.2010; Botanical Garden below Chshmashahi on June 26, 2010 and Pahalgam on June 20, 2010;

Medicago sativa from Kashmir – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Medicago sativa – indiantreepix | Google Groups
flower for id. – efloraofindia | Google Groups


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Medicago sativa- Ladakh: 25 images.
In the wild area of a hotel, in Hunder, in Nubra, Ladakh, on 16.6.22.



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