clover, spotted bur

COMMON NAME: Clover, spotted bur
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Medicago arabica
FAMILY: Fabaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual
FEATURES: Leaves trifoliate with distinct dark blotch or mark on upper leaf surface. Middle leaflet with short
petiole stalk. Stalk of trifoliate leaf with a stipule-like leaf at base. Leaflet lightly toothed. Flowers
solitary, <0.5 cm in diameter. Produces a swirling bur seed pod covered in spines.
DESCRIPTION: Similar to black medic, small hop clover,and large hop clover. Black medic does not have dark
blotches on leaves and flowers are a cluster of yellow flowers producing a cluster of blackened seed.
Small and large hop clover produces a spherical inflorescence and leaflets have no dark blotches.

Broad View Dense stand in dormant turfgrass

Broad View
Dense stand in dormant turfgrass

Leaf Trifoliate leaves, stem, and flowers

Leaf
Trifoliate leaves, stem, and flowers

Flower / Seed Head Burs attached to stem.

Flower / Seed Head
Burs attached to stem.

Leaf Trifoliate leaf close up.

Leaf
Trifoliate leaf close up.