Strongylodon macrobotrys (Jade Vine)
The Jade Vine is named for its spectacular hanging trusses of blooms, up to 3m in length, that are made up of a chain of luminous blue-green finger-length, claw-like flowers. It is a truly dramatic tropical woody climber, with winding stems that scramble up adjacent trees to heights of up to twenty metres. It has compound leaves, typical of the pea family, but with only three large leaflets (c. 25cm long).
Place of origin
The Jade Vine is native to the rainforests of the Philippines. It is considered threatened due to the destruction of this environment.
Did you know?
In the wild, the Jade Vine is pollinated by bats.