Lathyrus linifolius

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaFabaceaeLathyrusLathyrus linifolius


A perennial herb of moist, infertile neutral and acidic soils in heathy meadows, lightly grazed pastures, grassy banks and open woodlands; also on stream banks and rock ledges in the uplands. Generally lowland, but reaching 760 m in Mid Perth.



World Distribution

European Temperate element.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 4

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1172

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Non-bulbous geophyte (rhizome, corm or tuber)

Comment on Life Form

"geoo (Aesch & Burdet, 1994)"



Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Comment on Clonality

Rhizome system is tuberous

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1962

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 538

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.93

Weighted Changed Factor: -12

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (118b)
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.