Fittonia E.Coem.

Commemorating Elizabeth and Sarah May Fitton, authors of Conversations on Botany (1823).

Evergreen, downy, scrambling perennial herbs rooting at the nodes. Leaves opposite, ovate and cordate, with characteristic coloured veins. Flower clusters in a narrow terminal spike with large bracts and small, inconspicuous, 2-lipped, tubular flowers.

Tropical rainforest plants, grown mostly indoors for the ornamental lined leaves and, in the tropics, outside as a groundcover.

Softwood cuttings.

Leaves with a pronounced network of coloured veins; flower spikes with large bracts and small, 2-lipped flowers.

2 species from Peru.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Acanthaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Acanthaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Fittonia albivenis