Extraordinary! UK’s Oxford Botanic Garden features native Tayabak from the Philippines

Oxford botanists find Philippine jade vine extraordinary.

The Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum featured the result of its special collaboration with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), wherein the jade vine, aka Strongylodon macrobotrys, is thriving in its Water Lily House after being replanted in 2018.

Originating from the Philippines, where it is affectionately called Tayabak, the jade vine is a cherished botanical marvel when in full bloom. Its unique jade hue emits a radiant glow in the moonlight, captivating bats that play a crucial role in its pollination.

“Thank you to our colleagues at UPLB for sharing photos of the jade vine at Mt. Makiling and UP Land Grants,” said researchers at the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, UK’s oldest botanic garden