Panicled Foldwing   
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Panicled Foldwing
ative Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Panicled Foldwing, Panicled Peristrophe • Hindi: अत्रिलाल Atrilal, Kakajangha • Manipuri: খুমন লঙথ্ৰৈ Khuman langthrei • Tamil: Nagananda • Malayalam: Katou-pulcholli • Telugu: Chebura • Kannada: cheebee gida, cheebera soppu • Bengali: Nasabhaga • Sanskrit: Kakajangha, Nadikanta, Sulomasha
Botanical name: Dicliptera paniculata    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Dianthera paniculata, Peristrophe paniculata

Panicled Foldwing is an erect herb, 0.6-1.2 m tall. Young shoots are usually 4-sided; adult shoots 6-sided, white spreading bristle-hairy. Ovate leaves opposite, equal and unequal; leaf-stalk 3-5 mm. Smaller ones 0.8-1.2 x 3-5 mm, larger ones 3-4.5 x 1.5-2 cm, densely hairy and prominently so on veins. Flowers are borne at branch-ends or in leaf-axils, with leaves forming a large lax panicle. Pink flowers, to 1 cm, 2-lipped - lower lip spreading, upper lip erect. Stamens 2; filaments distinct, to 5 mm, white hairy. Panicled Foldwing is found in India, Myanmar and Tropical Africa. It is also found in the Himalayas and Western Ghats, at altitudes of 600-2200 m. Flowering: October-February.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in J.N.U., Delhi.

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