THE RED JADE VINE - Mucuna bennettii

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If you want tropical climbers in your life then you will be hard pressed to find a specimen more exotic than the outrageous Red jade vine - mucuna bennettii. Native to Papua New Guinea, this species is a relative newcomer to the world of science being formally described by Victorian government botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in 1876.

THE RED JADE VINE - Mucuna bennettii
The amazing, chandelier-like clusters of brilliant red flowers chain together to form a 3' to 4' long raceme. It is a popular choice in gardens that can accommodate it, but it will require certain conditions to thrive.

While it will flourish in tropical regions, it will do well in semi tropical regions too. While it will take as much warmth and light as it can get, its roots must be in shade. You will know if it gets to cold for it as the leaves will start to yellow and drop. This normally occurs if the temperature falls below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is not a particularly difficult plant to grow and you can start off the Mucuna bennettii in a container, but it will need to be as large as you can cope with. Be aware that it will eventually grow to become a very large, woody climber. It can be used to climb a large tree or a very large pergola, just remember, it does need room to spread.

There are  reports of Mucuna bennettii growing to over 100 feet long, with vines covered in meter-long flower clusters.

Mucuna bennettii will flower in the autumn, which if properly pruned, will commence at or around the two-year mark.

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2 comments:

STEVE ORTEZ said...

The red-flowered species of Asia and the Pacific
Several species of Mucuna have red or orange flowers. In Asia and the Pacific they are found in Celebes, the Moluccas, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. In this area the following species have been described: M. bennettii, M. elegans Merr. & L.M.Perry, M. kraetkei Warb., M. miniata Merr., M. novo- guineensis, M. peekelii Harms and M. warburgii. Mucuna ben- nettii and M. novo-guineensis have often been confused. A good character in which these species differ is found in the stipellae: absent in M. bennettii, present in M. novo-guineensis and M. warburgii. Mucuna bennettii differs from M. novo-guineensis and M. warburgii also in shape and size of the terminal leaf- lets and number of ovules. Mucuna novo-guineensis and M. warburgii differ in shape of terminal leaflets, size of the calyx and number of ovules. Harms (1920) suggests in the descrip- tion of M. peekelii that it may be a smaller flowered variant of M. kraetkei, according to Verdcourt (1979) M. peekelii is a synonym of M. warburgii and M. kraetkei a synonym of M. novo-guineensis. We think that M. elegans and M. miniata, both probably lacking stipellae, are only slightly smaller flowered forms of M. bennettii occurring at the most western and most eastern ends of it distribution area.
For Flora Malesiana we accept just three red-flowered Mucuna species: M. bennettii (incl. M. elegans and M. miniata) from Celebes, the Moluccas, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, M. novo-guineensis (incl. M. kraetkei) from the Moluccas (Hal- mahera) and New Guinea and M. warburgii (incl. M. peekelii) from New Guinea.

STEVE ORTEZ said...

There are 2 different species MUCUNA NOVO-GUINEENSIS and MUCUNA BENNETTII