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Nematanthus nervosus.jpg
Nematanthus nervosus, showing the foliage and distinctive "goldfish" flower.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Gesneriaceae
Genus: Nematanthus

Nematanthus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Gesneriaceae. All of its species are endemic to Brazil.[1] Compared to other gesneriads, Nematanthus has leaves that are small, succulent, and hard-surfaced. The plant has a trailing, branching, and spreading habit; it is generally an epiphyte in nature and a hanging-basket plant in cultivation.

The flower has petals fused into a pouch-like shape, with a small opening. The fancied resemblance of the flower to a goldfish gives the plant its common name, "goldfish plant."

Hummingbirds often will feed from the nectar-filled "goldfish" flowers.


Species include:[2]


  1. ^ "The Gesneriad Society" (PDF).
  2. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved October 1, 2015

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