Chinese Foldwing

Dicliptera chinensis
Herb
Opposite
Simple
Pink
Purple
Green

An annual or biennial erect herb up to 90 cm, much branched herb with hairy twigs.

Common names 
Also known as: chinese foldwing, double folding wing plant,
Family 
Acanthaceae
Deciduous 
No
Flowering time 
Summer through to Autumn
Native/Exotic 
Exotic
Origin 
China, S.E Asia, India, Pakistan
Notifiable 
No
State declaration 
Nil
Council declaration 
NIL - Reduce
Known distribution 

Known to be in Brisbane and Caloundra

Habit 

Eerect herb up to 90 cm, much branched herb with hairy twigs

Impact and control methods 
Stem and leaves 

 Stems are ridged, basally diffuse, erect above, hairless except for pubescence on young branches and nodes. Leaf-stalks are up to 0.5-3 cm long, hairy. Leaves are ovate-elliptic, 2-8 × 1.5-4 cm, sparsely puberulent along veins below, hairless above, secondary veins 4 or 5 on each side of midvein, base narrow to flat narrowing into the stalk, margin entire or slightly wavy, tip pointed.

Flowers and fruits 

Flowers are pale purple, with purple spots in the throat, 1-1.2 cm long, outside velvet-hairy, tube slender, about 6 mm, 1.5 mm wide. Limb is 2-lipped. Lower lip is ovate, about 5 × 3 mm, tip entire. Upper lip is 4 × 1.5 mm, shallowly 3-lobed. Stamens are inserted near the tip of flower tube. Filaments are about 4 mm, hairless. Capsules are broadly ellipsoid, about 6 mm, puberulent, 4-seeded, tip apiculate.

Capsule broadly ellipsoid, ca. 6 mm, puberulent, 4-seeded, apex apiculate. Seeds circular in outline, ca. 2 mm in diam., covered with apically barbed papillae. Fl. Sep-Jan, fr. Nov-Feb. 2n = 26.

Reproduction and dispersal 

Seed