A small, downy annual having a remote resemblance to the Yellow Clover. Its slender, twisted stalk is so weak, that it is often prone to spread rather helplessly along the ground, in a somewhat scrawly fashion. It often grows a foot or more in length, and branches near the. root. The trifoliate leaves are arranged quite like those of the yellow species, but the leaflets are very much more egg-shaped toward the tip, and the indentation is replaced with a minute spike. The bright yellow flower heads are very small, and are gathered in oval clusters, and are set on short, slender stems, which spring from the axils of the leaves, both terminally and along the stalk. They are composed of numerous delicate little florets that are soon followed by many curiously curled and strongly veined, green, kidney-shaped pods, each of which contains a solitary seed that turns almost black as it ripens. The green heads of the seed cases are easily mistaken for flower buds, but it should be remembered that the flowers are, as a rule, always beyond them, toward the end of the stalk. The Black Medic is widely distributed in fields and waste places everywhere, from March to December.