General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also accent epiphtye.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A relatively common epiphyte in hammocks and swamps.
Grown by enthusiasts.
6-12 inches in height. Usually taller than broad.
Monroe County Keys north to Volusia, Lake and Hernando counties; disjunct in southeastern Georgia; West Indies, Mexico and Central America. In the Monroe County Keys, known only from North Key Largo and nearby islands.
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; grows on the trunks and branches of trees and shrubs.
Low; it grows on nutrient poor substrate.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate 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.