We delighted to bring you the first in a series of special timelapse films, showcasing the unfurling of some of the rare and popular plants in our Glasshouse collection.
Filmed over several days, these short films offer a unique glimpse into part of their life-cycle.
We hope you enjoy them.
The images have been taken using a Brinno TLC2020 time lapse camera, kindly donated to the Garden by Brinno.
Jade Vine - Strongylodon macrobotrys
The extraordinarily-coloured jade vine, Strongylodon macrobotrys, is one of the most popular plants in our Glasshouse Range. Each spring it delights visitors with its striking flowers – borne in cascading racemes which can reach 90cm in length and combine to create a tunnel of colour in our Tropics House.
The individual flowers are a luminous jade green and resemble claws. They contain a pool of nectar to attract bat pollinators in their native habitat in Philippine rainforests. Reaching 20m in height this member of the pea family (Fabaceae) is under threat in the wild due to rainforest destruction.
One of our former Horticulture Trainees, Leah, chose this plant as one of her favourites in the Glasshouse Range – you can hear a bit more about it here.