The Living Rainforest

Philippines jade vine

Strongyloden macrobotrys

Philippines Jade Vine in Bloom

Stunning blooms

The Philippines Jade Vine has some of the most extraordinary flowers of any plant. Enormous, metre-long spikes of brilliant turquoise blooms hang from the scrambling stems usually in April or May.

In the wild these attract tropical bats which carry pollen from one plant to the next.


The jade vine is under threat from deforestation in the Philippines – the islands were once completely forested, but today very little rainforest remains intact here.


Quick facts

Scientific name
Strongyloden macrobotrys
Native to
Rainforest layer
Up to 18 metre stems
Plant family
IUCN conservation status
Vulnerable – learn more