An annual of sand dunes and short, summer-parched grasslands on sandy soils by the coast; also on disturbed ground, old walls, and in dry heathland on sands and gravels inland. Lowland.
V. lathyroides is easily overlooked because of its small size and early-flowering, but in some areas may also have been over-recorded for dwarf forms of V. sativa subsp. nigra, with which it often grows. However, it is very much better recorded than it was for the 1962 Atlas.
European Temperate element.
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.
Atlas text references
1988. The Irish Red Data Book. 1. Vascular Plants.
1978. Morphological variation in the Vicia sativa L. aggregate. Watsonia. 12:1-14.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.