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General description and special characteristics – Field varieties of lablab are drought-resistant summer annuals or short-lived perennials. Compared to vegetable lablab varieties, such field varieties are shorter and somewhat erect (although vines can reach lengths of 1 m (3 ft.) or more). Also, field lablab produces shorter fibrous pods that give off a characteristic strong, oily smell. The crop is grown for fodder, cover crop and/or for pulse production.

Varieties –

  • Chiang Dao: Drought tolerant, very viny green manure cover crop; white seeds.
  • Highworth: Pods are non-shattering; quick maturing, and yields well; black seeds.