Today’s Featured Flower Photo of the Day:
The Black Medic
Here is today’s featured photo flower presentation. To let the is year shine bright, I am featuring fine photos of flowers, continuing to honor the brighter side of life again this year. Today’s Flower of the day is the Black Medic.
The Black Medic, or the Medicago Lupulina is part of the Fabaceae or pea family. The Black Medic is an annual or perennial, depending on the zone of planting and care. They are a low trailing annual, biennial, or short-lived perennial that can reach lengths of 1 to 2 feet. They have slightly hairy stems that resemble clover and have small yellow flower heads. Like clovers, the Black Medic is a trefoil with three oval leaflets. They flower throughout the summer months and sets small black seeds in the fall months.Many gardeners spend a lot of time and money trying to remove from their gardens, particularly on lawns. The plant is slender, prostrate, with 4-angled, glabrous to hairy, and branched at the base of the plant. The Black Medic is closely related to Alfalfa and are edible, with caution. . .because it contains estrogenic compounds, it should not be eaten by children or pregnant and breastfeeding women. Many of that plant’s positive attributes although not as nutritious. The Black Medic also has the thinning blood-clotting properties, and should never be eaten by people taking blood-thinning medication. Medicinally, the Black Medic is reputed to have mild anti-bacterial properties in treating some bacterial infections before the use of antibiotics. The name has nothing to do with medicine, appearing to be a very old name, probably derived from Medes, who were ancient Central Asian people who came from the area we now know as Iran and may have introduced the plant into Europe. The Black Medic leaves are quite high in protein–higher that most greens, and typically eaten in much the same way as spinach and other greens. Although on the bitter side, salad dressing assists in making for a higher protein to be a great nutritious meal, but there is a property in its seeds that can inhibit the absorption of the protein. The real value is that the Black Medic is great for honey bees which savor their yellow flowers, and the honey made from the flowers is reputed for a sweet taste, so bee keepers are very fond of them. It is also grown as a forage crop that sheep like, and cattle less so. It is used for organic farming as a weed suppressant.
Photos taken with a Samsung Galaxy A71 with the factory Quad camera Standard-wide: 64 MP 1/1.72-inch sensor with 0.8µm pixels and 26 mm-equivalent f/1.8 PDAF lens Ultra-wide: 12 MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture lens.
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