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 from the Monroe County Keys 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.