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Species profile—Lilaeopsis brisbanica


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Lilaeopsis brisbanica A.R.Bean
WildNet taxon ID
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Conservation significant
Wetland status
Wetland Indicator Species
Pest status
Short Notes
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Lilaeopsis brisbanica is a mat-forming herb growing 1.5-4cm high. It has a horizontal root-like system, with roots and leaves growing from joints along the stems. The roots are very slender and white or green close to the surface. The leaves arise in groups of 3-6 and are on stalks about 1.5mm long. The leaves are hollow, narrowly elliptical in cross-section, linear, hairless, 11-36mm long and uniform in width throughout the leaf (0.2-0.5mm), maybe slightly broadening to 1mm wide near the tip. The leaves are divided into 5-7 segments lengthways.
The flowers grow in groups of 2-5 on stalks 3.5-7mm long. Each flower is 2.1-2.5mm in diameter and has 5 white or greenish, broadly ovate petals. The egg-shaped fruits are 1.2-2mm long and 1-1.3mm in diameter. (Bean 1997)
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Lilaeopsis brisbanica is currently known only from a section of the Brisbane River, between Moggill Creek and Oxley Creek. A specimen has also been recently collected from banks of the Bremer River near Ipswich. It is apparently extinct at some of the localities where it was formerly recorded, such as Breakfast Creek and Caboolture, south-east Queensland. (Bean 1997; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-27.0876842, 152.7682
-27.59982, 153.0458334
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Lilaeopsis brisbanica grows along tidal riverbanks in grey saline mud, in association with mangrove trees. Although occurring naturally in areas near saline waters, fresh water is satisfactory for the growth of Lilaeopsis brisbanica. (Bean 1997)
Although occurring naturally in areas near saline waters, fresh water is satisfactory for the growth of Lilaeopsis brisbanica.
Lilaeopsis brisbanica is known to produce flowers and fruit between October and January. (Bean 1997)
Threatening processes
Trampling by horses, river-bank erosion, encroachment of weeds, and the construction of jetties, retaining walls etc. (Bean 1997).
Contributors: Tony Bean, Mellisa Mayhew 16/06/2009
Bean, A.R. (1997). Lilaeopsis brisbanica (Apiaceae), a new species from Queensland, Australia. Austrobaileya 5(1): 145-148.
Herbrecs (2008). Lilaeopsis brisbanica, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 08/10/2008.
Profile author
Tony Bean (16/06/2009)

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This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0.

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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