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(Medicago lupulina)
[lao wo sheng]

CONTAINS: Seeds contain possible tryspin inhibitors.
Empty seed pods contain 10.65% moisture, 15.66% protein, 0.8%fat, about 25% fiber, 8.05% ash, and 40.2% soluble carbohydrates.
Plant contains 73% water, 3 to 4% fiber, 0.70% fat, about 3% ash.
As a forage plant, based on zero moisture: 16 to 27% crude protein, about 3% fat, 25% crude fiber, about 10% ash, 38% nitrogen free extract, 0.5 to 1.3% calcium, 0.2 to 0.4% phosphorus, 2.28% potassium, and 0.45% magnesium.

A common, but little known Eurasian native of lawns, roadsides, and fields throughout the United States. A low, cloverlike, inconspicuous plant which is related to Alfalfa and has value as a forage plant and cover crop. Prostrate branches are 2 to 3 inches and bearing 3-foliate leaves and clusters of small, yellow flowers that produce 1-seeded pods.

SPOTTED MEDIC (Medicago arabica): Has a dark spot in the middle of each leaf and seeds are separated from each other in the pod by a partition.


Water extracts (infusions) have shown antibacterial properties against mycobacteria; considered a soothing herb.

A useful forage plant for livestock as well as a good cover crop.

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