The Amazing Jade Vine
The Jade Vine, or Strongylodon macrobotrys, is a member of the pea family, and a native of the Philippines. Due to extensive habitat loss, this climbing plant is now a vulnerable species, risking extinction in the near future. It is also rare in cultivation, and there are only a few plant collections where these fantastic flower clusters can be seen.
Visitors to The Living Rainforest have a rare second chance to see the amazing Jade Vine in bloom! Rather unusually, the plant has sent down several new flower spikes, to follow those which flowered in spring. The deep blue-green of the flowers are a one-off in the plant world, and we are fortunate in having one of the best specimens in the UK.
It now remains to be seen how many seed pods the plant will produce this year.
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