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Weird and Wonderful Flowers – The Incredibly Rare Jade Vine


Found only in the tropical rainforests of the Philippines, the Jade Vine (Strongylodon Macrobotrys) is a species of perennial woody vine that can reach up to 18m’s in length. The flowers then sleeves are claw shaped and can come in a multitude of shades ranging from blue to mint green with the hanging trusses being able to reach up to three metres in the length. This species can be found growing besides streams in damp forests and has evolved in a way so that it can be easily pollinated by bats that hang upside down from it and drink its nectar. However this stunning plant has provided extremely difficult to propagate and because of the destruction to its natural habitat through logging is considered an endangered species.

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