Medicago sativa from Kashmir

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Gurcharan Singh

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Aug 12, 2010, 9:01:04 PM8/12/10
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Medicago sativa L.  from Kashmir, very commonly growing in meadows, wastelands, cultivated fields and roadsides. Photographed from Botanical Garden below Chshmashahi on June 26, 2010 and Pahalgam on June 20, 2010.

Common names:
English: Lucerne, Alfalfa
Hindi: Vilayat-gawuth, Lasunghas
Mar: Vilayati-gavat
Guj: Vilayat-ghas
Kan: Vilayati-hullu
Ladakh: Holl
Punjab: Lusan

Highly valued legume fodder, commercial source of chlorophyll, important bee plant



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Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089
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mani nair

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Aug 13, 2010, 12:25:56 AM8/13/10
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Gurcharan ji, nice flower.   In Pune I have seen  this plant cultivated in large farms.  These are used as cattle feed.     We find large number of honebees whereever these plants are cultivated.

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Mani.

tanay bose

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Aug 13, 2010, 1:34:00 AM8/13/10
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Dear Mani ji and Sir Ji more information of this plant from http://www.tropicalforages.info/key/Forages/Media/Html/Medicago_sativa.htm
tanay

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Department of Botany
University of British Columbia
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mani nair

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Aug 13, 2010, 1:53:19 AM8/13/10
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Tanay ji, thanks for the very informative link.
Regards,
Mani.

nabha meghani

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Aug 13, 2010, 5:59:38 AM8/13/10
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Alfalfa is high in protein, calcium, plus other minerals, vitamins in the B group, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. In Germany Alfalfa Sprouts are very popular in salads, and one can buy seeds 125 gramm for 3 Euro ;-))
 
German Wiki says: Bumblebee is the main pollinator (78%) where as honeybees just under 1%. So in Schweden and Finnland Luzerne is grown in areas where there are many Bumblebees. In 19.jh Luzerne was taken to Australia and newzeeland, because of lack of Bumbleebees the yield was very low. In 1885 Bumblebees were imported to Australien and Neuseeland on Suggestion of Charles Darwin.
Regards
Nalini
 
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Gurcharan Singh

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Aug 13, 2010, 8:10:30 AM8/13/10
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Thanks for this interesting information, Nalini ji

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Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089
http://people.du.ac.in/~singhg45/ 

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