Endemic to South Florida in the middle and lower Florida Keys.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
State of Florida Status:
Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status:
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
South Florida History and Distribution:
Ranked as critically imperiled in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002
; pp 284-286) based on several extant occurrences in the Monroe County Keys, including at two conservation areas: Long Key State Park, National Key Deer Refuge. It is also known from several private properties in the area.
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
For a recent taxonomic assessment of O. abjecta
and O. triacantha
in South Florida, see Majure et al. 2014
Synonyms: O. triacanthos
, misapplied; O. triacantha
is an orthographic variant.