New Species developed by The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) from a line originally collected in Libya.
- Early flowering, self-regenerating annual forage< legume with distinctive flattened, button-shaped pods
- Ideal legume to complement tropical grass based pastures.
- Producer of larger quantities of seed than barre medics in dry and marginal environments
- Well adapted to low rainfall and marginal environments
- Adapted to heavy and loamy textured alkaline soils in Queensland and north-western New South Wales, and alkaline sandy and loamy soils in southern Australia
- Semi-prostrate in habit, and flowers and sets seed readily under grazing
- High seed producer - grazing does not diminish its seed production, which can occur with other medic varieties, e.g. snail medic.
- Button medic will be useful when sown with other medics currently available to provide resilience in pastoral and crop/pasture systems in the marginal, subtropical environments in Queensland and northwestern New South Wales (e.g. Maranoa, Balonne, Central Queensland, Central Highlands in Queensland; north-western plains in New South Wales). Button medic has a slow pattern of seed softening, leaving a seed reserve of about 70 per cent of the initial seed set after three years.
|MIN RAINFALL (mm)
||3 - 4
Hardseedness Level - 1 = least hard, 10 = most hard