West Indian tufted airplant

Guzmania monostachia -- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Guzmania monostachia

Native to Florida

This epiphytic plant is rare (An epiphyte is a plant that grows on another plant but doesn't obtain nutrition from it).It is rarely found growing in the swamps and wet tropical hammocks of Collier, Dade and Monroe counties in Florida (Wunderlin, 2003), as well as parts of Puerto Rico.

Here, West Indian trufted airplant is found growing in the middle of the Fakahatchee Strand. This airplant flowers in the spring and summer.