Eastern South Florida and the West Indies (Bahamas, possibly Cuba). Also recently discovered at Middle Cape Sable on the Monroe County mainland (J. Sadle, email comm. 2013).
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
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South Florida History and Distribution:
This is widespread along the southeastern Florida coast from west of Key West to central Palm Beach County; it is also abundant on the Miami Rock Ridge. It grows in pine rocklands and in shrubby coastal forests and thickets. Using modern NatureServe criteria, we re-ranked this as Rare in South Florida in July 2018.
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C. argentea, misapplied.