Mountain Foldwing
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Mountain Foldwing
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Mountain Foldwing • Kannada: ಚೇಬೀರ Chebeera
Botanical name: Dicliptera baphica    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Dicliptera manilalii, Peristrophe montana, Justicia rubra

Mountain Foldwing is an erect shrub, with round stem and pin flowers. Sepals are 5, 4 mm long, linear, united below the middle. Flower tube is 3 cm long, slender, 2-lipped above; lower lip 3-lobed, upper 1.5 mm long, round, notched; stamens 2, filaments hairy, attached at the throat of flower tube; anthers linear, curved, ovary hairless, style thread-like, stigma 2-lobed. Flowers borne in cymes in leaf-axils and at branch-ends, trichotomous; bracts 2, opposite, 2.5 x 1.5 cm, ovate, blunt; bracteoles 6 mm long, linear. Leaves are 12-17 x 3-6 cm, ovate, tip tapering, hairless, nerves 7 pairs; leaf-stalk to 6 cm long. Capsule is 1.3 cm long, woolly with a stipe. Mountain Foldwing is found in peninsular India, Sri Lanka, Andamans and Nicobars, and parts of China.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala & Siruvani, Tamil Nadu.

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