Lablab Adans.

First published in Fam. Pl. 2: 325 (1763)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Cape Verde, Tropical & S. Africa, Madagascar, India.


Native to:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central African Repu, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Andaman Is., Ascension, Assam, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cambodia, Canary Is., Caroline Is., Cayman Is., Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Christmas I., Colombia, Cook Is., Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Easter Is., Ecuador, Fiji, Galápagos, Guatemala, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Haiti, Hawaii, Iraq, Jamaica, Jawa, Korea, Laccadive Is., Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Madeira, Malaya, Maldives, Mali, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Mauritius, Mexico Southwest, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nicobar Is., Niger, Niue, Norfolk Is., North Caucasus, Northern Territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Is., Puerto Rico, Queensland, Réunion, Samoa, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sumatera, Thailand, Tonga, Transcaucasus, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Windward Is., Yemen


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Fam. Pl. 2: 325 (1763).

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Fam. Pl. 2: 325 (1763).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fam. Pl. 2: 325 (1763)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Brass, L.J. [17806] Malawi K001356283 Yes
Mucaleque, P.; Osborne, J.; Banze, A. Datizua, C.; Mamba, A.; Rachide,T.; Ndala, B. (guide) [PM48] Mozambique K001346894 No
Richards, H.M. [9480] Zambia K001356290 Yes
Verboorn, W.C. [s.n.] Zambia K001356286 Yes
Gairdner, A.E. [458] Zimbabwe K001356294 Yes
Trapnell, C.G. [1792] Zambia K001356285 Yes
Brummitt, R.K. [11737] Malawi K001356278 Yes
Groenendijk, E.K.C.; Dungo, J. [630] Mozambique K001356324 Yes
Salubeni, A.J. [819] Malawi K001356281 Yes
Verboom, W.C. [1054] Zambia K001356287 Yes
Fanshawe, D.B. [F6494] Zambia K001356296 Yes
Codd, L.E. [7564] Zambia K001356292 Yes
Brass, L.J. [17958] Malawi K001356282 Yes
Chuwa, S. [2610A] Tanzania K001356223 Yes
Taquet, T. [717] K001356499 Yes
Pawek, J. [3739] Malawi K001356280 Yes
McCallum-Webster, M., (Miss) [938] Zambia K001356291 Yes
Richards, H.M., (Mrs) [10068] Zambia K001356289 Yes
Mutimushi, J.M. [JMM 3657] Zambia K001356297 Yes
Codd, L.E. [7564] Zambia K001356293 Yes
Brummitt, R.K. [11737] Malawi K001356279 Yes
Gairdner, A.E. [458] Zambia K001356295 Yes
Leach, L.C.; Schelpe, E.A. [11392] Malawi K001356276 Yes
Chapman, J.D. [934] Malawi K001356284 Yes
la Croix, J.F. [667] Malawi K001356277 Yes
Richards, H.M. [15144] Zambia K001356288 Yes


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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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