Fittonia albivenis

COMMON NAME

Nerve plant or mosaic plant

TYPE

Groundcover

FAMILY

Acanthaceae

NOTES

A herbaceous plant, it is notable for its dark green foliage with strongly contrasting white or red veins. The Kofan, Siona and Secoya tribes of the Ecuadorian Amazon use F. albivenis as a treatment for headaches, and muscular pain, its leaves were used by the Machiguenga as a hallucinogen.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Brazil

NATIVE HABITAT

Rainforests

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

thespruce.com

missouribotanicalgarden.org



Fittonia albivenis