Strongylodon macrobotrys (jade vine)
Close up of Strongylodon macrobotrys
Strongylodon macrobotrys A.Gray
Vulnerable (VU) according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Damp forests, along streams or in ravines
About this species
With its long cascading translucent jade-green flowers beneath a canopy of pale green foliage, 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.
Strongylodon megaphyllus Merr., Strongylodon warburgii Perkins