Medicago sativa subsp. varia
An annual or perennial herb, arising as a fertile hybrid between M. sativa subsp. sativa and M. sativa subsp. falcata, which is now established in many grassy and sandy places. Hybrid seed from Germany, called `Grimm` Lucerne, is also grown as a fodder crop. Lowland.
The core distribution of this subspecies mirrors that of its native parent, M. sativa subsp. falcata, and is stable. Elsewhere it can be introduced independently of either parent, and backcrosses are occasionally recorded. It was recorded in Suffolk by 1804.
Widespread in Europe and in temperate regions elsewhere.
Atlas Change Index: -0.56
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.