Botanical name : Lablab purpureus Linn.
Family : Fabaceae
Rasa : Kashaya, Madhura
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Lablab bean, Indian butter bean
Hindi : Sem, Bhatvas
Malayalam : Amara, Avara
Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as well as growing wild.
A long perennial twinner. Leaves compound, trifoliate, about 25 cm long, flowers papilonacious, seen in recemes, white or pink; fruits whitish green pods with 3-6 whitish or dark colored seeds.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, inflammation, colic, and urinary retention. Immature pods are edible, used as vegetable. The seed powder stimulate breast milk production (galactagogue)
Useful part : Leaves, seeds.