Jade vine

Taxobox | name = Jade vine
regnum = Plantae
divisio = Magnoliophyta
classis = Magnoliopsida
ordo = Fabales
familia = Leguminosae
genus = "Strongylodon"
species = "S. macrobotrys"
binomial = "Strongylodon macrobotrys"
binomial_authority = A. Gray



image_width = 200px
image_caption = Jade vine in Hawaiʻi

The jade vine ("Strongylodon macrobotrys") is a native of the tropical forests of the Philippines. Its flowers are the color of jade, and hang in bunches up to 90 cm long; each clawlike flower is about 7½ cm long. In its native Philippines, the jade vine's flowers are pollinated by bats.

"S. macrobotrys" is prized in tropical and subtropical gardens for its showy flowers which are a highly unusual blue-green. It is usually grown over a pergola so that the flowers may hang down below where they can be seen easily. In South Africa the jade vine is mainly restricted to the warm humid strip of coastal Natal but grows in a few frost-free spots inland.

The superficially similar red jade vine is in fact a species in a different genus, namely "Mucuna bennetti".

External links

[http://www.alpine-plants-jp.com/art_b/hisuikadura_1.htm "Strongylodon macrobotrys" A. Gray - inflorescence] , [http://www.alpine-plants-jp.com/himitunohanazono/hisuikazura_himitu_1.htm stamen, pistil, ovary ] Images - Flavon's Wild herb and Alpine plants


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