Vesicularia sp. "Mini Christmas Moss"

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Nano tanks
Difficulty: easy
Growth: slow
See also: Vesicularia sp. "Anchor Moss"
Range and localities: 


Habit, plant type:

  • epiphyte or epilith
  • moss / liverwort or fern prothallium
Major group (unranked): Mosses (Bryophyta)
Order: Hypnales
Family: Hypnaceae
Genus: Vesicularia


The moss called "Mini Christmas Moss" in this database was spread in the hobby under the name "Mini Taiwan Moss", however, it does not belong to Isopterygium sp. (for further detail, please see It might be a species of the genus Vesicularia. Its origins are unknown. It may also be in trade under other names.

This moss looks like a miniature version of Christmas Moss (Vesicularia montagnei). It forms densely and regularly ramified filigree shoots with a triangular outline. It also resembles Vesicularia sp. "Triangle Moss", however, it differs by horizontal to overhanging shoots that never grow upwards.
It is not clear yet whether it differs from Vesicularia sp. "Anchor Moss" and a Vesicularia species sold as "China Moss", and if so, in which way.

- To be continued -

Light low to high 
Temperature tolerance 15 to 30 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 14 °dKH
pH value 5 to 7 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 20 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: Splitting, cutting off daughter plants

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: unknown

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