Medicago aschersoniana Urb.
Medicago leonis Sennen & Mauricio
Common Name: Tattered Medick
Tattered medick is a spreading, annual plant, branching freely at the base.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a tea.
Northern and eastern Africa - Morocco to Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania; Arabian Peninsula, western Asia from Israel, Syria, to India.
Sandy and stony deserts and dry steppe areas at elevations up to about 400 metres[
]. Grassland, woodland, disturbed ground; short dry grassland, pastures especially where seasonally water logged at elevations from 1,150 - 2,200 metres[
A plant of arid and semi-arid areas from the warm temperate to the tropical zones, where it is found at elevations up to 400 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 15 - 20°c, but can tolerate 4 - 25°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 350 - 500mm, but tolerates 250 - 600mm[
Requires a sunny position in a light, well-drained soil[
]. Succeeds in soils of low to moderate fertility[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 6.5 - 7.5, tolerating 6 - 8[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The herb is used as a condiment for tea, or is mixed with boiled water and sugar to form a beverage[
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