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


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map