USDA ARS United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area

Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)

  GRIN Taxonomy for Plants
Jump to common names  Jump to economic impacts  Jump to distribution  Jump to references  Jump to synonyms  Jump to links to other online resources  Jump to images

***Please tell us why you value GRIN Taxonomy***

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
Name verified on: 01-Mar-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 24-May-2011
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • mosaic-plant   (Source: Dict Gard [as F. verschaffeltii]) – English
  • nerveplant   (Source: Dict Gard [as F. verschaffeltii var. argyroneura]) – English
  • silver fittonia   (Source: Dict Gard [as F. verschaffeltii var. argyroneura]) – English
  • silver netleaf   (Source: Zander Ency ) – English
  • silver netplant   (Source: Dict Gard [as F. verschaffeltii var. argyroneura]) – English
  • silver-nerve   (Source: Dict Gard [as F. verschaffeltii var. argyroneura]) – English
  • silver-threads   (Source: Dict Gard [as F. verschaffeltii var. argyroneura]) – English
  • snakeskinplant   (Source: Dict Gard [as F. verschaffeltii var. pearcei]) – English
  • Silbernetzblatt   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German

Economic importance:

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

Distributional range:

    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, Huanuco, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Puno, San Martin, Ucayali

  • also cultivated


  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi. 1993. Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45.
  • Brummitt, R. K. 1979. Fittonia albivenis: Acanthaceae. Bot. Mag. 182: t. 788.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • Forzza, R. C. et al., coord. Lista de espécies da flora do Brasil (on-line resource).
  • Hokche, O. et al. 2008. Nuevo catálogo de la flora vascular de Venezola.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. [= F. verschaffeltii (Lem.) Van Houtte].
  • Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. 1999. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75.
  • Llamas, K. A. 2003. Tropical flowering plants: a guide to identification and cultivation.
  • 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.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

| USDA | ARS | GRIN | NPGS | New Search |

Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

Please send us your comments

Close Window

Ctrl P to print