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Lablab purpureus  (L.) Sweet


Botanical Name


Lablab purpureus (L.) Sweet

English Name


Lablab, Hyacinth bean



Dolichos lablab L., Dolichos bengalensis Jacq., Lablab niger Medikus, Lablab vulgaris Savi.





General Info


A bushy or a climbing and branching, pubescent perennial herb, often grown as an annual, up to 6 m tall, with a well developed tap-root with many laterals and well developed adventitious roots. Leaves alternate, trifoliolate; leaflets broadly ovate, 5-15 cm x 4-15 cm, entire, subglabrous or soft hairy. Inflorescences stiff axillary racemes with many flowers; peduncle 4-23 cm long, often compressed, glabrescent; rachis 2-24 cm long; flowers arising 1-5 together from tubercles on rachis; pedicels short, square, sparsely pubescent; flowers white, pink, red or purple; stamens diadelphous (9 + 1); ovary sessile, 10 mm long, finely pubescent; style abruptly upturned, 8 mm long; stigma capitate, glandular. Pods variable in shape and colour, flat or inflated, 5-20 cm x 1-5 cm, straight or curved, usually with 3-6 ovoid seeds of varying colour and size.

Herb Effects

Anticholesterolemic, antidote (to most forms of poison), antivinous, carminative and hypoglycaemic (plant); antivinous, alexiteric and carminative (flowers); anthelmintic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, digestive, febrifuge and stomachic (dried and roasted seeds).


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Active Ingredients

Alpha-linolenic acid, arginine, aspartic acid, beta-carotene, cystine, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, lauric acid, leucine, linoleic acid, lysine, methionine, oleic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, phenylalanine, riboflavin, serine, stearic acid, thiamin, threonine, tryptophan, tyrosine, valine (seed); ascorbic acid, niacin (fruit); myristic acid, palmitoleic acid (plant)

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Product Categories
alpha-Linolenic acid 94138-91-7 octadeca-9,12,15-tri
enoic acid
C18H30O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Arginine 7004-12-8 2-amino-5-guanidino-
pentanoic acid
C6H14N4O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Aspartic acid 6899-03-2 2-aminobutanedioic
C4H7NO4 Click Here To Enlarge
Beta-carotene Not Available 3,7,12,16-tetramethy
l)-octadec a-1,3,5,
C40H56 Click Here To Enlarge
Cystine 24645-67-8 2-amino-3-(2-amino-2
fanyl-propanoic acid
C6H12N2O4S2 Click Here To Enlarge
Glutamic acid Not Available 2-aminopentanedioic
C5H9NO4 Click Here To Enlarge
Glycine 87867-94-5 2-aminoacetic acid C2H5NO2 Click Here To Enlarge
Histidine 6027-02-7 2-amino-3-(3H-imidaz
C6H9N3O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Lauric acid 8045-27-0 Dodecanoic acid C12H24O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Leucine 2439-37-4 2-dimethylamino-4-me
thyl-pentanoic acid
C8H17NO2 Click Here To Enlarge
Linoleic acid 8024-22-4 Octadeca-9,12-dienoi
c acid
C18H32O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Lysine 923-27-3 2,6-diaminohexanoic
C6H14N2O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Methionine 348-67-4 2-amino-4-methylsulf
anyl-butanoic acid
C5H11NO2S Click Here To Enlarge
Oleic acid 8046-01-3 octadec-9-enoic acid C18H34O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Palmitic acid 66321-94-6 Hexadecanoic acid C16H32O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Palmitoleic acid 2091-29-4 (E)-hexadec-9-enoic
C16H30O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Phenylalanine 3617-44-5 2-amino-3-phenyl-pro
panoic acid
C9H11NO2 Click Here To Enlarge
Riboflavin Not Available Not Available C17H21N4O9P Click Here To Enlarge
Serine 6898-95-9 2-amino-3-hydroxy-pr
opanoic acid
C3H7NO3 Click Here To Enlarge
Stearic acid 82497-27-6 octadecanoic acid C18H36O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Thiamin 59-43-8 2-[3-[(4-amino-2-met
ia-3-azoni acyclope
C12H17N4OS+ Click Here To Enlarge
Threonine 632-20-2 2-amino-3-hydroxy-bu
tanoic acid
C4H9NO3 Click Here To Enlarge
Tryptophan 80206-30-0 2-amino-3-(1H-indol-
3-yl)propanoic acid
C11H12N2O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Tyrosine 556-02-5 2-amino-3-(4-hydroxy
C9H11NO3 Click Here To Enlarge
Valine 7004-03-7 2-amino-3-methyl-but
anoic acid
C5H11NO2 Click Here To Enlarge
Ascorbic acid Not Available 2-(1,2-dihydroxyethy
C6H8O6 Click Here To Enlarge
Niacin 99148-57-9 Pyridine-3-carboxyli
c acid
C6H5NO2 Click Here To Enlarge
Myristic Acid Not Available Hexane C6H14 Click Here To Enlarge


Medicinal Use

Used in the treatment of cholera, vomiting, diarrhoea, leucorrhoea, gonorrhoea, alcoholic intoxication and globefish poisoning (plant); in the treatment of cholera (stem); to treat inflamed ears and throats (juice from the pods); in the treatment of sunstroke, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, enteritis, abdominal pain, alcoholism and arsenism (dried and roasted seeds).



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