Wild life and nature of Samos, Ikaria & Fournoi

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Trees & Shrubs

Tree medick (Medicago arborea)

This is a deciduous shrub, from the Fabaceae family of the peas and beans. It has goldish yellow flowers that grow in clusters on stalks. The plant has pods that are spirally formed into a unique disc-shape.


Medicago arborea is often found on rocky shores with often shrubby vegetation.

Protection status

This species is listed as “Least Concern” by the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

In desert areas they shed their leaves in Summer and grow them back in Winter.

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