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Powdery strap airplant
Catopsis berteroniana

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

General 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 with a powdery coating.

Dimensions: About 6-12 inches in height; more when in flower. Taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Miami-Dade and Collier counties and the Monroe County mainland; West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Very rare or extirpated in the Monroe County Keys.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist substrate and high humidity and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy inflorescence.

Flowering Season: Fall-winter.

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.

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2011
Cultivated plants, Belize

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Bruce Holst, 2008
In habitat, French Guiana

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