Lilaeopsis mauritiana

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Nano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Difficulty: medium
Growth: slow
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endemic on Mauritius island

  • Lilaeopsis sp. ''Mauritius''

Trader names [?]: 
  • Lilaeopsis mauritius

Habit, plant type:

  • rhizome or creeping stem
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.

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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.
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