Lilaeopsis brasiliensis

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Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Flowers of Lilaeopsis brasiliensis grown indoors
Flowers of Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae)
Genus: Lilaeopsis
Species: L. brasiliensis
Binomial name
Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Affolter (1985)

Common names[edit]

Micro Sword


Craztzia brasiliensis Commonly sold as L. novae zelandiae - a true species from New Zealand but it doesn't yet seem to have been introduced into the aquarium trade.


found in South America


A short-stemmed plant with pale green leaves that in the right conditions form a short carpet. Reaches a height of about 1.5 - 3 inches (4 - 7 cm).


Used in the foreground of the aquarium. To grow well it needs a very bright light, and a tropical temperature range. It prefers a good substrate, a nutriment rich water and will benefit from additional CO2. According to Tropica it will tolerate some salt in the water. Slow growing.

Propagates from runners which are readily formed but it can take some time to form the mat effect desired in planted aquariums.


  • Affolter, J. M. 1985. A monograph of the genus Lilaeopsis (Umbelliferae). Syst. Bot. Monogr. 6:38.

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