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Very unique vine that I photographed on Maui, Hawaii.
The flowers have such an amazing colour and shape it’s hard to believe they are real.
It is a spectacular vine, with a thick woody trunk, which branches out with leaves that are a waxy light green. Dropping from the vine itself a stalk off flowers can reach over 5 feet in length and can have 50 to 100 flowers. Each flower is 2 to 4 inches, curved and very durable.
Flowers have a beautiful seagreen color that is almost beyond description. The bloom is a pendant, clustered birds beak like inflorescence up to 4 1/2 ft. long and puts on a spectacular show when in bloom. This Philippine Native is often used in Lei making.
The endangered species is under threat by deforestation in its natural habitat in the Philippines.

Canon XT, f/13, 1/100sec, ISO-400, focal length 100mm.


endangered, flowering vine, green, hawaii, jade, macro, maui, vine, rare

I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 5 years ago

    Interesting color too! Thanks for sharing!!

  • This vine was absolutely amazing. It’s called green jade but I think its colour is more towards turquise with just a touch of green. Thanks.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    I’ve never seen one of these either. lol.
    Well photographed too !!

  • This was the first one for me too. Very unique. Many thanks my friend.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Carole Boudreau
    Carole Boudreauover 5 years ago

    Very special indeed,and beautifully cropped, nice DOF , second time I see this kind of vine called Strongylodon macrobotris, in French common name is “liane de jade” and in English “Philippine jade vine” I saw it once in Guadeloupe French Antilles Island , it was so striking …

  • It is striking. I will have to post another shot that’s showing many flowers like this one on one stem. With the macro is hard to imagine what it really looks like. Thanks Carole.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomover 5 years ago

    beautiful work, well done

  • Thank you so much.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • OldBirch
    OldBirchover 5 years ago

    A lovely shot. Nice dof. The colour looks great against the background.

  • Thank you, much appreciated.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    Gorgeous~love the color!

  • Thank you very much Cheryl.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 5 years ago

    WOW , outstanding capture here, great creativity !

  • Thank you Carlos. Glad you like it.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Clark Thompson
    Clark Thompsonover 5 years ago

    Green jade is nature’s jewelry. There is a long fenceline of green jade at the Wahiawa Botanical Garden on O’ahu that never ceases to impress. Nice macro.

  • Now you’re talking. I will have to make a note about it so I will remember when I get to the island. Thanks Clark.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    I missed seeing this one,,,,,,,what a gorgeous color for a flower, love it

  • Thank you hon. I didn’t see any flower with this colour anywhere. It’s so unique.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 5 years ago


  • Many thanks Meeli.

    – Teresa Zieba

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