Jade Vine

VULNERABLE

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Who would have thought that a relative of the kidney bean could be as magnificent as the jade vine? Its Latin name is Strongylodon macrobotrys, and it makes for a striking appearance due to the 90cm long vine with hanging clusters of blue-green flowers. The length of the stem of plant can go up to 18 meters in length and each vine can grow about 90 to 100 flowers. The bright colour of the flowers attract pollinating bats at twilight. The bats hang upside down and sip the nectar from the flowers while brushing their heads against the pollen. If successfully pollinated, the plant produces fruit the size of a melon. This plant only grows in the rainforests of the Philippines. The jade vine's natural habitat is greatly threatened by deforestation and general degradation.