Southern United States (perhaps only South Florida), the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; naturalizing outside of its native range. In South Florida, known only from Key West.
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
Presumed Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
Assumed to be Native
South Florida History and Distribution:
Although treated as nonnative in Florida by the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants and others, or as probably introduced and a waif in South Florida (Weakely 2022), this was first collected between 1836 and 1853 in Key West, and then again there in 1895 and 1912. Although it is somewhat weedy, it is native throughout the West Indies, including Cuba and the Bahamas, and we treat it as assumed to be native and presumed extirpated in South Florida.
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence:
FLORIDA KEYS Native Status:
IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status:
Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys
Florida Keys History and Distribution:
First collected between 1838 and 1853 by John Loomis Blodgett on the island of Key West. Also collected at Key West by A.H. Curtiss in 1895. Reported in 1913
by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and disturbed sites in the lower Keys. We know of no recent collections.