Scattered in the southeastern United States (Florida, Georgia), the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and South America.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
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 History and Distribution:
Recorded as Presumed Extirpated in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002
, pp 65-66), based on several scattered specimens collected bewteen 1895 and 1925. Rediscovered in 2002 at Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub Natural Area in Broward County by Patricia L. Howell (USF 550
), and observed there through 2017 by Jimmy Lange and others, but not recently seen and possibly extirpated (J. Lange, email comm. 2022).
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
This is very similar to the introduced Callisia repens
, but it has flowers in cymes on lateral branches, rather than sessile or sub-sessile flowers in dense clusters in the upper leaf axils. For images, click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below.