Red Jade Vine - Mucuna Bennettii - Flame Vine
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Dazzling long cascading clusters of brilliant red flowers intertwined together to form 3' to 4' long raceme of splendour. It is more rare than the beautiful blue/green jade vine but is very popular in tropical gardens.
Origin is New Guinea. Roots must be in shade. It is a very large, woody climber.
The plant grows beside streams in damp forests, or in ravines. Vivid scarlet or flame coloured blooms in a long inflorescence. The inflorescence are only produced by mature vines.
There are several other species of Strongylodon, but the superficially similar red jade vine, Mucuna bennetti, is a species belonging to a different genus, Mucuna. It seems to be endemic to the Philippines and is usually found in forests.Propagation has always been difficult. It is considered an endangered species due to the destruction of its habitat and the decrease of its natural pollinators. There seems to be a method of marcotting through mature woody stems. It is best planted in ground near a water source, but not inundated. The vine entwines itself through the trunk and branches of trees and the leaves spread over the canopy. The flowers hang like clusters of grapes.
May be used to climb a large tree or embrace a large and very strong pergola.
It is a magnificent vine and is more cold hardy than Strongylodon macrobotrys, commonly known as jade vine, blue jade vine, emerald vine or turquoise jade vine
Mucuna is a genus of around 100 accepted species of climbing vines and shrubs of the family Fabaceae, found worldwide in the woodlands of tropical areas.
Red Jade Vine - Mucuna bennettii - Flame Vine
Photographed upcountry in Kula on Maui
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March 14th, 2013
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