Name That Plant for Tropical Gardening

This week’s Name That Plant contest comes to you from the tropics. To enter, just read the clues and add your guess in the comments section today before midnight MDT. The winner will be selected at random from all the correct answers to win a prize from aHa!ModernLiving.

This blooming vine is from the Philippines and grows in tropical rain forests.

It’s a perennial evergreen vine and a member of the legume family.

Because of excessive timber harvesting in its native land, it’s considered endangered in its original habitat, but because it’s grown as an ornamental in many tropical and subtropical regions, it’s considered safe from extinction.

The shape of its beautiful aqua-blue flowers evolved in response to the bats that pollinate it.

Grown in many botanic gardens around the world, this vine took almost 10 years to bloom in the tropical greenhouse of one well-known garden, but the flower display was certainly worth the wait.

Can you Name That Plant?


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Is it Jade?

Strongylodon macrobotrys!

I am going to go with Strongylodon macrobotrys.

Jade vine is Strongylodon macrobotrys, right?! LOL!

Well, it looks like I wasn’t able to stump anyone with this edition of Name That Plant…you’re correct, this is a Jade Vine, Strongylodon macrobotrys. I took the picture at the Denver Botanic Gardens in April 2008, right after it bloomed for the first time in more than 9 years. The curator said he was talking about getting rid of it and then it suddenly bloomed!

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