General Landscape Uses:
Accent or specimen epiphyte; on live oaks along forest edges.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A relatively common epiphyte in hammocks and swamps.
Grown by enthusiasts.
About 12-18 inches in height; up to 36 inches in flower. Forming small clumps about as broad as tall.
Monroe County Keys north to Volusia, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties; West Indies, Mexico and Central America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys south of Key Largo and perhaps absent in the middle Keys.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes from South Florida north to southern Brevard, Osceola, Polk, and Pasco counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Moist forests and swamps.
Epiphytic; or terrestrial in moist, well-drained humusy leaf litter, acid to neutral pH.
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:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Green to brown capsule with hairy, wind dispersed seeds.
Can be grown from seed and division.
A Gardner's Guide to Florida's Native Plants
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.