Epiphytic Plants of Citrus in Florida
Flowers and inflorescences of 'Bloomify Red' lantana grown outdoors in ground beds in full sun in Florida. Figure 2 from publication EP544/EP544: ‘Bloomify™ Red’ and ‘Bloomify™ Rose’, Two Infertile Lantana camara Cultivars for Production and Use in Florida. Credit: UF/IFAS.
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Spanish Moss
Ball Moss
Bartram's airplant
Wild pine
Cardinal plant
Butterfly orchid
Jingle bell orchid
Resurrection fern - growth stage
Resurrection fern - dry stage
True moss


Citrus Weed Management

How to Cite

Kanissery, Ramdas, and Mongi Zekri. 2017. “Epiphytic Plants of Citrus in Florida: HS1305, 11/2017”. EDIS 2017 (5). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-hs1305-2017.


Epiphytes are a group of plants that grow on citrus by using the trees for anchorage and support. These plants are not in direct contact with the ground and obtain moisture and nutrients from the air and rainfall.  Even though directly harmless to the citrus trees, excessive growth of epiphytes may be a problem as they result in competition for sunlight, inhibition of growth, and may obstruct the harvesting and chemical spraying. Physical removal and copper sprays are effective measures to eradicate epiphytes from the citrus trees.

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