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Strongylodon macrobotrys
Jade Vine, Emerald Creeper
Fabaceae or Legume Family
Jade vine
3-24-09

UPDATE: Jade Vine blooms again! In March 2014 the plant sent out a single flower spike. Images of its spectacular display are at the bottom of this page.

For the first time since they arrived here at the Botanic Garden in 1999, one of our Jade Vines has bloomed!

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jade vine
3-24-09
These plants were propagated by cuttings from a plant at the Enid Haupt Conservatory of the New York Botanical Garden in 1999.


The rooted cuttings were planted in the ground in the Palm House and trained on a newly constructed arbor that frames the alcove on the east side of the building.

Since then the vines have thrived but never flowered even though the basal trunks had surpassed a half inch in thickness, the believed minimum size for flowering.

A native of the Phillippines, this wisteria-like vine can grow to 70'. Its most striking feature is the color of its flowers that are described as an iridescent aquamarine.

In the plant kingdom this flower color is exclusive to a few plants, one of which is also in our collection and is pictured in bloom to the right.

See the following links to some other flowers with this unusual color:
Ixia viridiflora
With Ecbolium viride

Puya berteroniana

     
Lachenalia viridiflora
Jade Vine 2014
Jade Vine 2014
Jade vine 2014
Jade Vine 2014
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