Ludovia lancifolia is an herbaceous epiphytic, or rarely terrestrial plant, ranging from 2-5 feet in height, native to Central and South America. In its native range, it is reported to be dispersed by howler monkeys, and perhaps other frugivorous animals. It has a unique feather-like leaf pattern, made up of green and yellow stripes, and produces cream-colored blooms. It is often grown as a houseplant and planted in outdoor gardens due to its distinctive foliage but is not reported to be naturalized or invasive anywhere it has been cultivated.
High Risk Traits:
- Adapted to, and could spread, in regions with tropical climates.
- May reach high densities and compete with native epiphytes.
- Reproduces by seeds
- Seeds dispersed by howler monkeys, and perhaps other frugivorous animals.
- Dispersed through intentional cultivation.
- Distribution along water courses suggests water may play a role in secondary dispersal.
- Gaps in biological and ecological information may reduce accuracy of risk prediction.
Low Risk Traits:
- No reports of naturalization or invasiveness, but unclear how widespread it has been cultivated outside of its native range.
- Unarmed (no spines, thorns, or burrs)
- Foliage and fruit palatable to howler monkeys (and perhaps other browsing animals).