Lentil - Lens culinaris


Lens culinaris is a bushy plant of the legume family, known for its lens-shaped seeds. It is about 40 cm tall, and the seeds grow in pods, usually with two seeds in each. The flowers resemble those of Smooth Tare, they are pale whitish, often with a violet tinge and are borne several to a stem.

Photo ID?

Waste places and disturbed soil, often close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowering June and July.

Life History


UK Status

Infrequent scattered records in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map