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  Fittonia albivenis (Argyroneura Group) 'White Dwarf'
  Family Name : Acanthaceae

  Synonyms : Fittonia argyroneura 'Nana', Fittonia verschaffeltii var. argyroneura ’Minima’, Fittonia albivenis (Argyroneura Group) 'Nana'

  Common Names : Dwarf Nerve Plant, Dwarf Silver Fittonia

  Chinese Name : 小叶白网纹草

 
Dwarf Nerve Plant,Dwarf Silver Fittonia
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
      True
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous; Creeper)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Plant Shape :
      Dwarf
      Maximum Height :
      0.1 m
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Herbaceous shrub, procumbent, less than 10cm height, creeping and rooting at lower nodes.
      Foliage: Leaves small, velvety, attractively-netted with prominent white veins.
      Stems: Stems covered with fine white hairs.
      Flowers: Yellowish to cream-coloured, inconspicuous, produced in congested spike inflorescence with overlapping green bracts.
      [Others]: Name Variations: Dwarf form of Fittonia albivenis (Argyroneura Group). Known by 'White Dwarf' (accepted cultivar name) and 'Nana' in Europe, and 'Minima' in USA.
      Cultivation :
      Prefers well-drained, loamy soils rich in organic matter. Water regularly to prevent withering, but avoid overwatering which may cause yellowing of leaves. Waterlogged soils may promote leaf and stem rot. Pinch off growing stem-tips to promote bushier foliage. Propagate by stem cuttings.
      Etymology :
      Genus epithet 'Fittonia' named in honour of Elizabeth and Sarah Mary Fitton, 19th century authors of 'Conservations on Botany'. Species epithet 'albivenis' means 'white veined', a reference to the net-variegated leaves.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Terrarium
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Silver Garden, Naturalistic Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Moderate
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Moderate
      Pruning :
      Prune off growing stem tips to encourage bushier foliage growth.
      Potential Problems :
      Overwatering may cause leaf yellowing. Poorly-drained waterlogged soils may promote leaf and stem rot.
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green, White
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Opposite
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate; Elliptical)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Obtuse, Rounded
      Foliar Base :
      Cuneate, Cordate
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Microphyll ( 2.25cm2 - 20.25 cm2 )
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Herbaceous
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White, Yellow / Golden
      Inflorescence Type :
      Spike
      Flowering Period :
      Free-Flowering
      Flowering Habit :
      Polycarpic

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