EPPO Global Database

Medicago sativa(MEDSA)

Overview
Last modification: 2002-02-21

Basic information
  • EPPO code: MEDSA
  • Preferred name: Medicago sativa
  • Authority: Linnaeus

Notes

Probably originating in eastern Europe or central Asia, and under cultivation as a forage crop since ancient times.  Now European and Mediterranean region, Siberia, Russian Far East, Western and Central Asia, Indian subcontinent, China, Japan, Korea, southern Africa, southern USA,  Mexico, Caribbean, western and southern South America, Australia, New Zealand

WSSA list of weeds in North America


Other scientific names
Name Authority
Medicago sativa subsp. sativa Linnaeus
Medicago vulgaris Alefeld

Common names
Name Language
alfalfa English (US)
lucerne English (GB)
purple medick English
blaue Luzerne German
Luzerne German
Saatluzerne German
luzerne French
luzerne commune French
luzerne cultivée French
alfalfa Spanish
alfalfa común Spanish
alfauce Spanish
almierca Spanish
amelca Spanish
amielcas Spanish
mielcón Spanish
mielga Spanish
erba medica Italian
erba regia Italian
erba Spagna Italian
medica Italian
luzerne Dutch
feno-de-borgonha Portuguese
luzerna Portuguese
luzerna-da-suécia Portuguese
luzerna-de-sequeiro Portuguese
melga Portuguese
melga-dos-pratos Portuguese
blåluzern Swedish
ルーサン Japanese
ウマゴヤシ Japanese
アルフアルファ Japanese
ムラサキウマゴヤシ Japanese
arufarufa Japanese
murasaki-umagoyashi Japanese
rûsan Japanese
umagoyashi Japanese
люцерна посевная Russian
lucerne Danish
blålusern Norwegian
sinimailanen Finnish
gök yonca Turkish
karayonca Turkish
aspeset tarbutit Hebrew
אַסְפֶּסֶת תַּרְבּוּתִית Hebrew
lucerna siewna Polish
takarmánylucerna Hungarian
jonxha Albanian
jonxhë Albanian
обикновена люцерна Bulgarian
синя люцерна Bulgarian
alfals ver Catalan
zǐ mù xù Chinese
紫苜蓿 Chinese
lucerna  Croatian
tolice setá Czech
tolice vojtěška Czech
harilik lutsern Estonian
자주개자리 Korean
ja ju gae ja ri Korean
sējas lucerna Latvian
mėlynžiedė liucerna Lithuanian
lucernă Romanian
lucerna siata Slovak
lucerna Slovene
люцерна посівна Ukrainian