Strongylodon macrobotrys a.gray

Woody vine with rather thick stem. Leaves 3-foliolate, alternately arranged along the stem. Inflorescence c. 30⎼150 cm or longer; nodes of inflorescence (brachyblasts) lax; flowers jade green, with a pointed apex, each c. 4⎼6 cm long. Fruit pod ellipsoid, inflated or bloated, c. 8⎼13 cm long, 6 cm wide. Seeds 6⎼12 per pod, c. 3⎼4 x 1.2⎼2 cm, light brown, turning dark on exposure; hilum linear, to 4 cm long, with white spongy tissue.

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Jade vine, balo, tayabak
Strongylodon Macrobotrys
  • Leaves with midrib not extended into tendril.
  • Flowers not specialized; roots without velamen
  • Woody Plants, trees or woody vines
  • Woody vine; leaves trifoliolate
  • Inflorescence long, up to 150 cm or longer; nodes of inflorescence lax; fruit pods ellipsoid, inflated or boated
  • Angiosperms
  • Plants producing true flowers and fruits for sexual reproduction