General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also accent epiphyte.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A common epiphyte nearly throughout South Florida in a wide variety of ecosystems.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Leaves about 8-12 inches long. The flowering branches extend beyond the leaves.
Monroe County Keys north to Flagler, Putnam and Levy counties; Bahamas.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Forests and thickets.
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 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.
Moderate; requires moist substrate and high humidity to thrive.
Light shade to full sun.
Greenish- to reddish-brown with white and pink lip.
Capsule containing numerous minute seeds. Dispersal is by wind.
Primarily grown from seed in a sterilized flask.
Produces more flowers in the full sun. It is listed as commercially exploited by the state of Florida.