General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A rare epiphyte in hammocks and swamps.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery
(561-641-9488) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants
Epiphytic herb with thick, succulent leaves. Leaves 2-6 inches long.
About 6-9 inches in height. Spreading and forming small clumps broader than tall.
Miami-Dade and Collier counties and the Monroe County mainland; disjunct in Indian River and Brevard counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist hammocks and swamps.
Epiphytic; or terrestrial in moist, well-drained humusy leaf litter, acid to neutral pH.
Moderate; can grow on nutrient poor substrate, but needs some nutrient inputs to thrive.
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.
All year; peak in summer.
Can be grown from cuttings.
Most plants sold as P. obtusifolia are from tropical American stock; local material is recommended. It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.