Red Jade Vine (Mucuna bennetti)


Mucuna bennetti F. Muell. 1876, commonly called Red Jade Vine, New Guinea Creeper or Tiger Claw, is a tropical vine, native to the world’s second largest island New Guinea.

The rampant, vigorous climber can reach length up to 30 meters, but needs a climbing support. The raceme of mature plants with lots of stunning, bright orange-red flowers can reach a length of up to 1,20 meter. Red Jade Vine (Mucuna bennetti). Like its relative the Emerald Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), the Red Jade Vine (Mucuna bennetti) belongs to the legume, pea or bean family (Fabaceae). The fine, golden hairs from the calyx, means the sepal, cause itching. The impressive red jade vine is a very popular ornamental plant in tropical countries, but needs a lot of space. The aggresive growing, woody vine or climber is best cultivated in full sun - partial shade, but the roots must be in shade. The evergreen red jade vine (Mucuna bennetti) requires a warm - hot and humid climate. Watering should be restricted during the winter rest. Flowering period: Spring - Autumn.

Flower Photography © Orchids
Image: Red Jade Vine (Mucuna bennetti)

Flower Photography © Orchids
Image: Red Jade Vine (Mucuna bennetti), flower close-up

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