South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
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:
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
While ranked as critically imperiled in South Florida in Rare Plants of South Florida
(Gann et al. 2002; p. 331), several new populations have been recorded since that time. Hoopvine was discovered in 2007 in Everglades National Park in Monroe County by IRC biologist Jesse Hoffman, in 2015 at Simpson Park in Miami-Dade County by George Gann and colleagues, and in 2017 at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park in Miami-Dade County by IRC Research Associate Jimmy Lange and colleagues. Based on these new discoveries, the wide, scattered historical distribution of this in South Florida, and the generally weedy and aggressive nature of some populations, we have re-ranked this as imperiled in May 2017, but it may warrant further downranking in the future. Populations at both Simpson Park and Kendall Indian Hammocks have gone from unreported to hyperabundant (see definition in Keenleyside et al. 2012
; p. 27, Box 7), and require some management control. See also, IRC’s report Vascular plant species of management concern in Everglades National Park
(Gann 2015; p 45).