Bitter-vetch - Lathyrus linifolius

    Alt Name
    Bitter Vetch

    Short to medium erect, hairless plant with winged stems It has two to four pairs of leaflets. The leaves are linear to elliptical and ending in a point, not a tendril. The flowers are rich crimson-pink, turning bluish and then pale, 10 to 16 mm in long racemes. Pods reddish brown.

    Identification difficulty

    Found around woodland edge and in damp grassland.

    When to see it

    May to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but not really common in Britain - it is quite rare in East Anglia.

    VC55 Status

    Local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 49 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map