Native to the Old World (Tropical Asia); widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
Not Native, Naturalized
South Florida History and Distribution:
IRC considers this an emerging invasive in South Florida.
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence:
Assumed to be Present
FLORIDA KEYS Native Status:
Not Native, Cultivated Only
Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys
Florida Keys History and Distribution:
Reported in 1913
by John Kunkel Small for hammocks, but most likely persisting from cultivation. This was a common citrus root stock used in the early 20th century.