Alfalfa

Medicago sativa

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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. It is used for grazing, hay, and silage, as well as a green manure and cover crop. The name alfalfa is used in North America. The name lucerne is the more commonly used name in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The plant superficially...

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The plant we choose was Alfalfa as our plant. The common names are Medicago Sativa , Lucerne, Grand Tréfle, Purple Midick, and Phytoestrogen. The scientific name is Medicago Sativa. The plant classification is Class: Magnoliopsida- Dicotyledons, Order: Fabales, Family: Fabaceae/Leguminosae-Pea Family, Genus: Medicago L., Species: Medicago Sativa L. and we were not able to find Phylum. We determine from this classification that Alfalfa is from the Pea Family. The Order Fabales, is an order of flowering plants included in the rosid group. The Class Magnoliopsida-Dicotyledons, plants ( Class Magnoliopsida) are thought to be the most primitive flowering plants. The Genus Medicago L., is a genus of flowering plants, commonly known as medical or burclover, in the legume ( Fabaceae) Family. The Species Medicago sativa is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae. The Order, Fabales is an order of flowering plants included in the rosid group. The Class, Magnoliopsida-Dicotyledons plants (Class Magnoliopsida) are thought to be the most primitive flowering plants. It grows in all USA and part of Canada. Alfalfa looks like sprouts. Alfalfa is edible and medicinal because it helps with many problems not just one. Alfalfa helps with kidney problems, bladder problems, prostate problems, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, upset stomach, and other conditions. Alfalfa’s favorite habitat is a well draining are with a soil pH level between 6.8 and 7.5,with plenty of sun. The animals that eat Alfalfa are dairy cows, horses, sheep, goats, and meat rabbits. Alfalfa is neither native or invasive because it does not harm the ecosystem.

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medicineplus.gov
google images
gradeningknowhow.com
plants.usda.goz
fs.fed.us
www.webmd.com
thebiologyprimer.com

By Alondra, age 13
Isabella, age 13

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  1. (c) Matt Lavin, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://www.flickr.com/photos/35478170@N08/5183007138
  2. (c) Dara Saville, all rights reserved, uploaded by albuquerqueherbalism, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/21353876
  3. (c) Dara Saville, all rights reserved, uploaded by albuquerqueherbalism, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/21353878
  4. Adapted by kristen_himm from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicago_sativa
  5. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) kristen_himm, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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