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Fittonia albivenis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Fittonia
Species: F. albivenis
Binomial name
Fittonia albivenis

A garden plant of family Acanthaceae notable for its dark green foliage; commonly called "Nerve Plant" or "Mosaic Plant".



Appear as a short plant with lush green leaves with accented veins of white to deep pink and have a short fuzz covering its stems. Small buds may appear after time where the stem splits into leaves. Flowers are small with a white to off-white color. This plant is best kept in a moist area with mild sunlight and temperatures above 55°F. Must be watered regularly. Without water for a few days, this plant is known to "faint" but is easily revived with a quick watering and resumes its healthiness. The Fittonia is known to be hard to grow so it is best bought at a nursery then cared for. The Fittonia makes a great indoor plant as well as a groundcover.


The species is used as an ornamental plant.[1] It ". . .is employed by the Kofan and Siona-Secoya tribes of the Ecuadorian Amazon as a headache treatment."[2] The leaves are ". . . used by the Machiguenga as a hallucinogenic admixture in kamarampi prior to their introduction to Psychotria viridis."[3] They are said to "produce visions of eyeballs."[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Fittonia albivenis information from NPGS/GRIN". Retrieved 2008-02-25.  
  2. ^ a b "Plants". Retrieved 2008-02-25.  
  3. ^ "Erowid Online Books : "Ayahuasca: alkaloids, plants, and analogs" by Keeper of the Trout". Retrieved 2008-02-25.  

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From Wikispecies


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Acanthaceae
Subfamilia: Acanthoideae
Tribus: Ruellieae
Subtribus: Justiciinae
Genus: Fittonia
Species: Fittonia albivenis


Fittonia albivenis (Lindl. ex Veitch) Brummitt


  • Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed ... London 182:165, t. 788. 1979
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]

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