Author Topic: Lablab purpureus (Dolichos lablab) inbreeding or outbreeding plant?  (Read 57 times)

Ocimum

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Hi,

I have a few varieties of Lablab purpureus, and I don't know if they are an inbreeding or outbreeding crop, and in Carol Deppe's book there is nothing about it. Does anyone know if it is pollinated before the flower opens, or anything about the outcrossing rates under some circumstances?

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Diane Whitehead

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I have never grown them.  This information is from the book Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth:

Hyacinth beans are inbreeding plants that have large perfect flowers and are very attractive to a wide variety of insects.  The blossoms are certainly large enough for bees to work with ease, but are not really significant sources of pollen or nectar.  Isolation or bagging should be used to ensure seed purity.
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Thanks for the info