Growin wild in ENP (disappeared in Hurricane Andrew) © Roger Hammer
Probably a cultivated specimen © Frank Vincentz (originally posted on Wikipedia)
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|Often grown by enthusiasts in hanging baskets or coconuts. Grows naturally on trees. Grows in organic soil or in coconut husks.
|Can be propagated from fragments or seeds.
|Friends, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
|Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:
|Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:
|Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
|Soil or other substrate:
|Epiphytic (growing on trees)
|Found naturally on coastal berms and rockland hammocks. Suitable for planting in the subtropical Florida.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|This species is listed as Endangered in Florida. There was a reported sighting of it in Everglades National Park just before Hurricane Andrew (1992) by Roger Hammer and Jennifer Possley. Afterward, no plants were found. Dr. Frank Craighead was reported to have rescued parts of the plant and given it to a few friends for safekeeping. The plant has found its way into limited propagation but is rarely available for sale. The species is not rare in the American tropics.