It may be grown under rainfed conditions and requires hot and humid climate for its preliminary growth. It grows in every type of soil even under neglected conditions. There are many varieties of D. lablab. One of these is an Australian strain Rongai which is a prolific yielder.
Besides its high yielding capacity D. lablab var. D. lignosis is more palatable and a productive type of
fodder likes other legumes. It contains 16% crude protein and 26% crude fibre. It can also be converted into excellent quality hay.
Lectins are cell agglutinating sugar specific proteins that are widely distributed in leguminous plants. Seeds of D. lablab contain lectins.