General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A rather rare epiphyte in hammocks and swamps.
Grown by enthusiasts and botanical gardens.
About 6-12 inches in height. Forms clums broader than tall.
Miami-Dade, Collier and Lee counties and the Monroe County mainland; West Indies, Mexico and Central America. Very rare north of Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
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.
Purple and greenish.
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. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday
page and Florida Natural Areas Inventory's Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida
page (Chafin 2000).