Rare vine in flower

This magnificent, electric blue Jade Vine is flowering in the Rainforest Biome now.

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  • This plant grows only in the damp riverine rainforests of the Phillipines.
  • The hanging collections of its flowers grow up 90cm long, and their bright colour attracts pollinating bats at twilight.

Conservation story

The jade vine's natural habitat is under threat from deforestation and general degradation. This not only puts a strain on the jade vine but also a great deal of other rare plants only found on the Phillipines.

Wildlife facts

These flowers are pollinated by bats, which are drawn to the glowing luminosity of the flowers at twilight. The bat hangs upside down and drinks the nectar from the flowers while brushing the top of their heads against the pollen. That pollen is then left on the female part of the next flower the bat visits, and pollination takes place. If the pollination is successful, the plant produces fruit that grows up to the size of a melon. At Eden our horticulturists mimic the action of the bat's head with their hands in order to pollinate our jade vine.

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  • Axillary: joined where leaf stalk meets stem.
  • Pendulous: hanging.
  • Raceme: a flowering structure where the individual flowers are clearly stalked, the newest and last to open being at the apex.
  • Trifoliolate: with three leaflets.