Seim is generally considered to have originated from Southeast Asia but some authorities have placed its origin in Africa. There are over 200 genotypes found worlwide throughout the tropics and subtropics. The immature seeds and young leaves are utilised as a green vegetable while the mature dry beans are used as a grain legume. Additionally it is used as a forage, ornamental and green manure. It is considered a major dietary protein source.

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There are currently Seventeen (17) accessions of Seim in the germ-plasm collection of the Research Division. Pod colour ranges from varying shades of green to purple and can be short, long, thin or broad. Some varieties start bearing from 6-8 weeks while others may take 10-12 weeks to produce pods. The varieties are currently unnamed and are assigned as LL01 through LL17 with LL17 exhibiting the highest yield per plant, LL01 the highest protein content and LL15 highest Sugar content. Also worthy of note is LL05 which displayed the highest Free Cyanide content compared to the other accessions.

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Lablab purpureus

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Research Division Centeno

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