The typical variety is native to South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; other subspecies are found in the New and Old World tropics.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
NatureServe Global Status:
State of Florida Status:
Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status:
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
Possibly Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
See also, IRC’s report Vascular plant species of management concern in Everglades National Park
(Gann 2015), page 130 and Florida Natural Areas Inventory's Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida
page (Chafin 2000).