There are some plants where you have to hunt around to find a specimen. In the UK one such is Strongylodon macrobotrys also known as the Jade Vine
I found three specimens in the glass houses at the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens on Wednesday (see below). However the light was really weird because there was so much growth above and it was very difficult to appreciate the turquoise jade tones of this wonderful plant.
However the Jade Vine in the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens presents no such problems.
When it flowers it generally enjoys very good light while not being in sunlight - so excellent for appreciating and capturing the real colours of this wonderful plant. It's also a mature plant so blooms at different times as you can below.
You can find it hanging just next to the door to the side Gallery. This photo was taken in April two years ago.
This is the Kew Gardens website on the topic of Strongylodon macrobotrys (jade vine). This provides exceptional scientific and horticultural information about the plant and also how to propagate it.
I gather there is also a specimen in the Palm House but I've not found that one yet!
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