Grass Vetchling - Lathyrus nissolia


    This plant has grass like, pointed leaves and small, crimson flowers, 8 to 18 mm, either single or two together, borne on a long, slender stalk.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Leaves reduced to a single grass-like blade. 

    Recording advice

    Photo of the whole plant, showing leaves as well as flowers


    Grassy places, banks and field margins on neutral or mildly acid soils.

    When to see it

    Flowers May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Local in England and Wales, rare in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native; scarce, but apparently increasing, probably through deliberate or accidental introductions.

    It is on the Rare Plant Register

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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