Jade vine, single flower

Belgium.

National Botanic Garden.

 

The jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) is a native of the tropical forests of the Philippines with a local name "tayabak". Its flowers are the color of a jade ranging from blue-green to mint green, depending on the variety of the vine. hybrid jade vines are longer measuring up to .90 meters long - 1.5 meters. The vine blooms in grape like structure amounting to 75 or more. the blooms come out from pruned and mature vines only. Each bloom resembles the form of a stout bodied butterfly with folded wings or the head of an angle with crown if not the head of an Indian chief with a long beard and a longer ornate headdress. In its native Philippines, the jade vine's flowers are pollinated by a somewhat grey fruit bat, a specific wasp and is also a home to a specific butterfly.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jade_vine

 

 

 

 

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