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.
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.