Lilaeopsis mauritiana

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Difficulty: medium
Growth: slow
Range and localities: 

endemic on Mauritius island

  • Lilaeopsis sp. ''Mauritius''

Trader names [?]: 
  • Lilaeopsis mauritius

Habit, plant type:

  • rhizome or creeping stem
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Botanical name [?]: Lilaeópsis mauritiána G. Petersen & Affolter

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Lilaeopsis


Lilaeopsis mauritiana is an endemic plant of the island of Mauritius. This species was first collected for aquaristic purposes in 1992, and in 1995, the aquatic plant nursery Tropica introduced it to the market under the name Lilaeopsis sp. "Mauritius". Only later on (in 1999) it was described as the new species L. mauritiana.

From those Lilaeopsis species in cultivation in the hobby up to now, L. mauritiana is the one with the narrowest leaves.

- To be continued -

References and further reading:
  1. Kasselmann, Christel (2010): Aquarienpflanzen. 3rd edition. - DATZ Aquarienbuch, Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart: p. 392.
  2. Petersen, G. & Affolter, J. (1999): A New Species of Lilaeopsis (Apiaceae) from Mauritius. - Novon 9 (1): pp. 92 - 94.
Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 20 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 23 to 28 °C
Carbonate hardness 2 to 14 °dKH
pH value 6 to 7.5 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 15 to 40 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 10 to 50 mg/l
Phosphate (PO43-) 0.1 to 3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5 to 30 mg/l
Iron (Fe) 0.01 to 0.5 mg/l

Growth: slow

Propagation: Runners, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: not hardy in Germany

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
Aquascaping: forms a grass-like lawn

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