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Taxon: Fittonia albivenis (Lindl. ex Veitch) Brummitt

Genus: Fittonia
Family: Acanthaceae
Subfamily: Acanthoideae
Tribe: Justicieae
Nomen number: 404718
Place of publication: Bot. Mag. 182:165, t. 788. 1979
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 01-Mar-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 1 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • mosaic-plant  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • nerveplant  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • silver fittonia  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • silver netleaf  (Source: Zander Ency) - English
  • silver netplant  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • silver-nerve  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • silver-threads  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • snakeskinplant  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • Silbernetzblatt  (Source: Zander Ency) - German

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Hortus 3, as F. verschaffeltii; Dict Gard, as F. verschaffeltii)

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • NORTHERN SOUTH AMERICA: Venezuela [Merida, Nueva Esparta]
    • BRAZIL: Brazil [Acre, Amazonas]
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, [La Paz, Pando] Colombia, Ecuador, [Morona Santiago, Napo, Pastaza] Peru [Amazonas, Ayacucho, Huánuco, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Puno, San Martín, Ucayali]

    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi. 1993. Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45
  2. Brummitt, R. K. 1979. Fittonia albivenis: Acanthaceae. Bot. Mag. 182: t. 788.
  3. Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen
  4. Forzza, R. C. et al., coord. Lista de espécies da flora do Brasil (on-line resource).
  5. Hokche, O. et al. 2008. Nuevo catálogo de la flora vascular de Venezuela.
  6. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening Note: = Fittoniaverschaffeltii (Lem.) Van Houtte
  7. Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. 1999. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75
  8. Llamas, K. A. 2003. Tropical flowering plants: a guide to identification and cultivation
  9. Wasshausen, D. C. & J. R. I. Wood. 2004. Acanthaceae of Bolivia. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 49:35.

Check other web resources for Fittonia albivenis (Lindl. ex Veitch) Brummitt :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=404718. Accessed 28 January 2020.