What plant is this with butterfly-like leaves?
I was surprised to see such a plant, which leaves resemble butterflies in flight! The nature is really cool. This unusual species has bat-shaped foliage in eye-catching shades of purplish-red. I didn’t have a chance to take the closer photo of this exotic tropical plant, but I hope someone could recognize it by just the shape of its leaves. Thank you! Looking forward for your identification answer.
PS Saw this plant with butterfly-like leaves in India.
This exotic beautiful plant is Christia vespertilionis – the Red Butterfly Wing (also known as Aircraft Grass or Bat Grass)- is a terrific tropical from southeast Asia. Its purple butterfly-like leaves tend to fold downward at night, and open up during the day! Isn’t that cool? Red Butterfly Wing plant is grown more for its variegated foliage than the small inconspicuous white or off-white flowers. Red Butterfly Wing plant is very good in garden beds and borders to add variety, color and height, excellent for container gardening and as an indoor plant. It is also good for garden landscaping.