Jade vine
Jade vine grows wild only in a limited number of tropical rainforests on the Philippine Islands.  The forests there are decreasing and the environment becoming worse, so this plant has become threatened.
In the habitat, the vine grows to more than 20 m in length and hangs the raceme from spring to early summer which is 1 to 1.5 m in length, and many flowers bloom.  The flower is a refreshing light-green during its bud stage.  After blooming, the color become more blue and then the jade color becomes more impressive.  Moreover, as it becomes mature, the flower becomes rounder and purple-tinged.
Many flowers of Fabaceae have 5 petals.  The one is the standard petal in upper area which is large and conspicuous.  The other 2 petals are a wing petal which support and sandwich the 2 keel petals which fit each other like a bivalve.  When a pollinator such as an insect or a bird gets on the wing petals for sucking nectar, the wing petals and keel petals are spread, the anthers and the stigma expose, and pollination becomes possible.  Jade vine also has this same structure and the pollinator is a Megabat in nature.  When this plant is pollinated it bears a big green pea resembling broad beans, which contains one pea, and the been becomes 15 cm in diameter and 1.5 kg.
From late autumn to the New Year season, in the Hawaiian Greenhouse, New Guinea Creeper hangs raceme whose form resemble Jade vine, but whose color is opposite burning orange-red.
Classification Fabaceae Strongylodon
Scientific name Strongylodon macrobotrys A. Gray
Japanese name Hisui-kazura
English name Jade vine
Native locality Luzon Philippines
Ecological description Evergreen woody vine
Planting place Central Perm Greenhouse and
East Flowers and Ornamental Plants Greenhouse
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