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

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Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
River Above Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Dolichos lablab L.
Lablab niger Medic.
Lablab vulgaris Savi
Common names: Lablab bean (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial climber. 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: The species originates from Africa but now widely cultivated for its edible beans.
Derivation of specific name: purpureus: purple
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, but often in wet or riverine habitats
Altitude range: Up to 2100 m
Flowering time:Aug - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa extending to the Cape and Madagascar
Mozambique distribution: Z,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 24 June 2015
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).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 49.

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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Flora of Caprivi: Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lablab purpureus
African Plant Database: Lablab purpureus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Lablab purpureus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lablab purpureus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lablab purpureus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lablab purpureus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lablab purpureus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lablab purpureus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Lablab purpureus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lablab purpureus
JSTOR Plant Science: Lablab purpureus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lablab purpureus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lablab purpureus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lablab purpureus
Tropicos: Lablab purpureus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Lablab purpureus subsp. uncinatus var. uncinatus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132450, retrieved 24 July 2019

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