Lablab purpureus (L.) Sweet
subsp. uncinatus Verdc.
var. uncinatus

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Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Juliasdale to Mutare rd, N of Nyakupinga river bridge

Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Juliasdale to Mutare rd, N of Nyakupinga river bridge

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Synonyms: Dolichos lablab L.
Lablab niger Medic.
Lablab vulgaris Savi
Common names: Lablab bean (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial climber. The species originates from Africa but now widely cultivated for its edible beans. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets rhombic-ovate with straight or slightly concave sides. Flowers in axillary inflorescences, mauve to purple with various amounts of white. Pods flat with a verrucose margin.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: purpureus: purple
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, but often in wet or riverine habitats
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2100 m
Flowering time:Aug - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa extending to the Cape and Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 164. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 223.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 80 - 83. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 100.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 212.


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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Lablab purpureus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lablab purpureus
Ispot Southern Africa : Lablab purpureus
JSTOR Plant Science: Lablab purpureus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lablab purpureus
Tropicos: Lablab purpureus
West African Plants database: Lablab purpureus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132450, retrieved 2 December 2016

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