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Medicago sativa L.

Synonyms

Medicago afganica, Medicago grandiflora, Medicago ladak, Medicago mesopotamica, Medicago orientalis, Medicago polia, Medicago praesativa, Medicago sogdiana, Trigonella upendrae

Common names

Alfalfa, lucerne, jet, barseem

Extract from Wikipedia article

Alfalfa /ælˈfælfə/, Medicago sativa, also called lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world. The Spanish-Arabic (according to wiktionary and the DRAE) name alfalfa is widely used, particularly in North America and Australia. But in the UK, South Africa and New Zealand, the more commonly used name is lucerne. It superficially resembles clover, with clusters of small purple flowers followed by fruits spiralled in 2 to 3 turns containing 10-20 seeds. Alfalfa is native to warmer temperate climates. It has been cultivated as livestock fodder since at least the era of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

LinkAlfalfa (lucerne, Medicago sativa, local names jet, barseem) in Trainah in southern Qatar, February 14, 2014
Location on mapsMazra`at Turayna, Qatar
LinkAlfalfa (Medicago sativa, local names jet, barseem) on roadside in southern Qatar, February 14, 2014
Location on mapsSalwa Rd, Abū Nakẖlah, Qatar
LinkAlfalfa (lucerne, Medicago sativa, local names jet, barseem) in Trainah gardens. Southern Qatar, March 5, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Mazra`at Turayna, Qatar
LinkBlooming alfalfa (lucerne, Medicago sativa, local names jet, barseem) in Trainah gardens. Southern Qatar, March 5, 2014
Location on mapsMazra`at Turayna, Qatar
LinkAlfalfa (lucerne, Medicago sativa, local names jet, barseem) on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya Farms. South-western Qatar, March 29, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
LinkFlower of alfalfa (lucerne, Medicago sativa, local names jet, barseem) on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya Farms. South-western Qatar, March 29, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
LinkAlfalfa (lucerne, Medicago sativa, local names jet, barseem) in sand on roadside of Salwa Road near Karaana, south-west from Doha. Qatar, April 23, 2014
Location on mapsSalwa Rd, Qatar
LinkBush of alfalfa (lucerne, Medicago sativa, local names jet, barseem) near a pond on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, April 10, 2015
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
LinkFresh leaves of alfalfa (lucerne, Medicago sativa, local names jet, barseem)(?) on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. Qatar, December 18, 2015
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar

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