Lathyrus heterophyllus

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaFabaceaeLathyrusLathyrus heterophyllus


A climbing or scrambling perennial herb which is grown in gardens and is naturalised as a relic of cultivation on sand dunes at Burnham Overy Staithe (W. Norfolk). It also occurs beside a flooded gravel pit at Yateley (N. Hants.). Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of S.W. Europe; the species is closely related to L. latifolius.

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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