Dolichos plantis a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae, and the subfamily Faboideae. It is distributed in Africa and The lablab bean (Lablab purpureus) was formerly included in Dolichos.These are herbs and shrubs growing upright, sometimes with climbing stems, or spreading prostrate upon the ground. They have woody rhizomes. The leaves have single blades or are pinnate, divided into three leaflets. The plants sometimes produce their leaves after flowering.