General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A rare epiphyte in hammocks and swamps.
Grown by enthusiasts.
6-12 inches; ascending. Masses may become as broad as tall.
Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north to Palm Beach and Lee counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Very rare outside of Collier County. In Broward County, known from a single location.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Swamps and moist forests.
Epiphytic; grows on the trunks and branches of trees and shrubs.
Moderate; can grow on nutrient poor substrate, but needs some nutrient inputs to thrive.
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.
Capsule containing numerous minute seeds. Dispersal is by wind.
Primarily grown from seed in a sterilized flask.
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.