The legume lectins are an important class of polysaccharide-binding proteins with a wide range of biochemical and immunological applications. Two high-resolution crystal forms are obtained for the lentil (Lens culinaris) lectin: a monoclinic P21 and an orthorhombic P212121. The unit cell dimensions for the monoclinic form are a = 58.0 A, b = 56.0 A, c = 82.1 A, beta = 104.4 degrees, while for the orthorhombic form a = 56.4 A, b = 74.6 A, c = 124.9 A. The asymmetric unit contains one dimer in both cases. The crystals diffract to 1.7 A resolution using synchrotron radiation. Preliminary data have been collected to 2.3 A on both crystal forms using a conventional X-ray source.