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Jade Vine

Category: Philippine Endangered Species
Date Posted: 2006-01-05

Scientific Name: Strongylodon macrobotrys A. Gray

Family: Leguminosae

Common Name: Jade Vine

Local Name: Tayabak

Description: The jade vine is a tree climber with a woody stem that twines and twists to yield a rope-like appearance. The flower clusters measure 60-90cm long, draping the tree support like a heavy curtain. Each flower is boat-shaped, gently curved like an upturned beak and deep blue-green in color. The fruit is an ovoid capsule bearing large brown seeds.

Habitat: In humid forests and ravines from 700 to 1,000 m.a.s.l.

Conservation Status: Threatened

Threats: Over collection for ornamental purposes.

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