General Landscape Uses:
Accent epiphyte; on live oaks along forest edges.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A relatively common epiphyte in hammocks and swamps.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Epiphytic herb; or terrestrial growing in leaf litter.
12-30 inches in height; 6 feet or more in flower.
Monroe County Keys north to Flagler, Putnam, Lake and Citrus counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
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; or terrestrial in moist, well-drained humusy leaf litter, acid to neutral pH.
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. This is a monocarpic species, which dies after flowering.
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.