Endemic to peninsular Florida, from Volusia, Marion and Lake counties south to Miami-Dade, Highlands and Charlotte counties.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
South Florida History and Distribution:
A small tree or large shrub found in dry soils primarily in Martin and northeastern Palm Beach counties. Also collected by Charles Torrey Simpson in Miami-Dade County east of what is now downtown South Miami in 1919 (s.n. NY
, s.n. NY
), and one mile south of Coconut Grove by John Kunkel Small and colleagues in 1924 (11161 NY
); vouchered by Charles Torrey Simpson from just north of the Hillsboro River in northern Broward County in 1920 (s.n. NY
); and, collected in eastern Charlotte County by Olga Lakela and Robert W. Long in 1965 (28255 USF
). The east of South Miami (from "Old Larkin" = ~Cocoplum Circle) and south of Coconut Grove collections represent the same population, and localities perhaps one mile apart. Although Simpson commented in a letter to John Kunkel Small that the plant he vouchered could have been planted, the size of it (40-50 feet tall with one trunk as big as his body) suggests it predated pioneer settlement.
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
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website. Although Little’s inclusion of northern Glades County has not been verified, it seems probable given its proximity to nearby populations in southern Highlands County and available habitat.