Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013
General Landscape Uses:
Accent epiphyte; on live oaks along forest edges.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Epiphytic ball-shaped herb.
4-6 inches in height. About as broad as tall.
Monroe County Keys north to southeastern Georgia and west to Arizona; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys south of Key Largo and perhaps absent from the middle Keys.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations 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 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.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Green to brown capsule with hairy, wind dispersed seeds.
Can be grown from seed and division.