Florida strap airplant
Catopsis floribunda
Bromeliaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A somewhat rare epiphyte in hammocks and swamps.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Epiphytic herb with light green leaves.
Height:
About 6-12 inches in height; more when in flower.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north to Broward and Collier counties; West Indies, southern Mexico and Central America. Very rare north of the Miami River. In Broward County, know only from Fern Forest Nature Center.
Habitats:
Swamps and moist forests.
Soils:
Epiphytic; grows on the trunks and branches of trees and shrubs.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows on nutrient poor substrate.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist substrate and high humidity and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Light shade.
Flower Color:
Yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy inflorescence.
Flowering Season:
Fall.
Fruit:
Green to brown capsule with hairy, wind dispersed seeds.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Water is held in the "tank" at the base of the leaves, which insects and sometimes small vertebrates will utilize.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


Shirley Denton