Strongylodon macrobotrys - Jade Vine or Emerald Creeper.
From the rainforests of the Philippines this fascinating climbing plant the Jade Vine or Strongylodon macrobotrys although rare, it can be grown in Australia from seeds or seedlings with a little bit of care.
Often confusingly called the 'Red Jade Vine' is Mucuna bennettii and this is totally different species, but with shaped similar flowers. This one is more correctly given the common name of 'Flame of the Forest' or D'Albertis' Creeper it is very rare in cultivation and is a strong climbing vine from New Guinea.
Strongylodon macrobotrys or 'Jade Vine' is well worth a try for a truely exotic look.
Care and Pruning
Requiring a shaded cool root run and more light (full sun) on the foliage is the main trick to mimicking its natural growth habit. Huge bracts of flowers hang down, each flower reminiscent of a crab claw, and yes they are a brilliant 'Jade' color.
Try growing this one on a pergola or on a climbing frame against a wall where the flowers can be allowed to cascade down, a spectacular sight.
Jade Vines require warmth, moisture and space for their root systems to develop, so a large container, or in the ground for longevity.
They are gross feeders so lots of fertilisers. Pruning will be essential, in the warmer months prune regularly to keep in shape.