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Strongylodon macrobotrys (jade vine)

Strongylodon macrobotrys is commonly known as the jade vine, due to its striking blue-green flowers. The destruction of rainforests in the Philippines threatens this species in the wild.
Blue green flowers of the jade vine

Close up of Strongylodon macrobotrys

Species information

Scientific name: 

Strongylodon macrobotrys A.Gray

Common name: 

jade vine

Conservation status: 

Vulnerable (VU)

Habitat: 

Damp forests, along streams or in ravines

Key Uses: 

Ornamental

Known hazards: 

None known

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fabales
Family: 
Leguminosae/ Fabaceae - Papilionoideae
Genus: Strongylodon

About this species

With its long cascading translucent jade-green flowers beneath a canopy of pale green foliage, the jade vine is one of the most beautiful and elegant of all tropical climbers. It comes from the rainforests of the Philippines, a scattered group of 7,100 islands in tropical Asia. It is a member of the same family as peas and beans (Leguminosae), and is closely related to the kidney bean and runner bean group (tribe Phaseoleae).

The plant has been grown at Kew for many years but, until 1995, it had never produced seed. After careful studies of the flower structure, scientists from the Jodrell Laboratory managed to pollinate the flowers successfully so that seeds developed.

Synonym: 

Strongylodon megaphyllus Merr., Strongylodon warburgii Perkins

Genus: 
Strongylodon

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