Meadow Vetchling - Lathyrus pratensis


Clambering plant to 120 cm with winged stems. Leaves with tendrils, and one pair of leaflets, linear lanceolate to elliptical. Flowers yellow 10 to 16 mm, in long stalked racemes.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

One pair of leaflets


Rough grassland, roadside verges.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 584 of the 617 tetrads.

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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