General Landscape Uses:
Not recommended for general landscape use. Native only to the lower Florida Keys, where it was probably extirpated and then reintroduced from cultivated plants.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
Not recommended for habitat restoration projects. It is already over planted within its native range and escaping from cultivation elsewhere.
Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants
Typically 20-50 feet in height. Often as broad as tall.
Monroe County Keys (Key West, Big Pine Key); the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer. This is a hemiepiphyte, often rooting on other plants and then sending down aerial roots.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Full sun to light shade.
For more information, visit our Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database Online