fittonia

fittonia

[fi-toh-nee-uh]
noun
either of two plants, Fittonia gigantea or F. verschaffeltii, of the acanthus family, native to South America, having conspicuously veined leaves and often cultivated as a houseplant.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1865), after Sarah Mary and Elizabeth Fitton, 19th-century Irish botanical writers; see -ia

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