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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Rewarded after nine years

" (DBG') Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) has been watered and fertilized and pruned and nurtured for over nine years and are only now being rewarded with flowers. It is one of the most amazing flowers you’ll ever see. The color lives up to the plants common name and is on of the most amazing shades of turquoise/sea green you’ll ever see in the plant world and the shape is bizarre as well (perhaps because it is bat pollinated).
Strongylodon macrobotrys is a fairly rare member of the legume family and is native to the Philippines. Its habitat is disappearing because of timber harvesting but since it is cultivated as an ornamental around the tropics and in many Botanic Gardens around the world it is not considered particularly threatened" (Nick Snakenberg, DBG Curator)).

(Please visit the DBG conservatory - Look for the large vine covering the mezzanine above your head immediately after entering the conservatory doors from the lobby.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

please let us know the type of fertilizer, Is the plant sensitive to phosphorus? Have a vine dying,it is planted amongst azaleas, could it be affected by their fertilizer?