National Geographic : 1953 Jan
© National Geographic Society 117 Kodachrome by Luis Marden, National Geographic Staff Key West Chameleon Rides an Air Plant at the United States' Southernmost Flower Show Frost-free Key West grows a variety of tropical flowers, many of them seldom seen on the mainland because they do not stand shipment. Each March the island displays an abundance of blooms in its Flower Show. This vriesia, a relative of the pineapple and Spanish moss, was part of the Orchid and Exotic Exhibit, one of the most popular in the show. Contrary to general belief, the chameleon does not necessarily change hue to agree with the flower. He may run a gamut of shades from bright green to chestnut brown, depending on air temperature and his emotions.