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Guzmania monostachia (L.) Rusby ex Mez
West Indian tufted airplant

Guzmania monostachia
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Bromeliaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Epiphyte

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida, the West Indies, Central America and northern South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Previously ranked as imperiled in South Florida, in 2017 we have re-ranked this as critically imperiled due to declining populations in Miami-Dade County and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Declines are due to habitat degradation in Miami-Dade County and predation of plants by the Mexican bromeliad weevil (Metamasius callizona) in the Fakahatchee. Also visit our Natives For Your Neighborhood website for more information and images.

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Guzmania monostachia has been found in the following 6 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Camp Owaissa Bauer Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated
Everglades National Park Present Native
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Present Native
Fuchs Hammock Preserve Present Native
Meissner Hammock Present Native

Guzmania monostachia has been found in the following 3 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Collier County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Mainland) Native

Guzmania monostachia has been found in the following 3 habitats :
Rockland Hammock
Slough
Strand Swamp

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Guzmania monostachia
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Guzmania monostachia
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Guzmania monostachia
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Guzmania monostachia
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Guzmania monostachia
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley