South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico (Quintana Roo) and Central America (Belize).
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
South Florida History and Distribution:
Ranked as possibly extirpated in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002
; pp 125-127) based on a single historical occurrence near the Turkey Point Power plant east of Homestead in Miami-Dade County. While there have been reports of a wild population from that area, none have been verified. However, this species has been in widespread cultivation in South Florida since at least the early 1960s, and has naturalized well outside of its historical range, as far north as islands in Lake Worth in Palm Beach County.
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
See also Rare Plants of South Florida
(Gann, Bradley & Woodmansee 2002, p. 125).
Synonyms: Bucida molinetii
(M. Gómez) Alwan & Stace, Bucida spinosa