ORIGIN/HABITAT: Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and Venezuela.
PLANT SIZE AND TYPE: A clump forming epiphyte or lithophyte that may reach a height of 15-18 in. (38-46 cm), but is often shorter. The connecting rhizome between growths is usually short, and established plants tend to start several new growths. Consequently, specimen plants are easily grown. (orchidculture.com)
This species is widespread in Mexico along the Gulf of Mexico coast southward from Tampico, and plants are also found on the Pacific coast in the state of Chiapas. The habitat continues south through Central America, along both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, and extends into northern Venezuela and Colombia. Collections have also been reported on islands in the West Indies. Plants are found in low lying coastal regions, generally below 1640 ft. (500 m), growing on either trees in lowland tropical forests and mangrove swamps, or on exposed rocks and cliffs near the shore. -- Source: Charles Baker