West Indian tufted airplant
Guzmania monostachia
Bromeliaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A rather rare epiphyte in hammocks and swamps.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Epiphytic wildflower.
Height:
About 1-2 feet in height; more when in flower. About as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Miami-Dade and Collier counties and the Monroe County mainland; West Indies, Central America and northern South America. Very rare outside of Collier County.
Habitats:
Swamps and moist forests.
Soils:
Epiphytic; or terrestrial in moist, well-drained humusy leaf litter, acid to neutral pH.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow on nutrient poor substrate, but needs some nutrient inputs to thrive.
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 to moderate shade.
Flower Color:
Bracts green to orange with white flowers.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Green to brown capsule with hairy, wind dispersed seeds.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


Keith A. Bradley
Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton