General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also accent epiphtye.
Grown by enthusiasts.
6-12 inches in height. Usually taller than broad.
Monroe County Keys north to Martin, Okeechobee, Hendry and Collier counties; West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and South America. In the Monroe County Keys, known from only one island near Key Largo.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist forests and swamps.
Epiphytic; grows on the trunks and branches of trees and shrubs.
Low; it grows on nutrient poor substrate.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Low; requires moist substrate and high humidity and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Green to brown capsule with hairy, wind dispersed seeds.
Can be grown from seed and division.