South Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico (Quintana Roo) and South America (Venezuela).
NatureServe Global Status:
State of Florida Status:
Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status:
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
South Florida History and Distribution:
Ranked as critically imperiled in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002
; pp 535-537) based on three extant occurrences in two conservation areas (National Key Deer Refuge; Sugarloaf Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area) and one non-conservation area (Grassy Key Pride-of-Big-Pine Site) in the Monroe County Keys. In 2005, plants were also located in the Middle Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area. The Grassy Key site is now part of the Florida Forever BOT Florida Keys Ecosystem Project.
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
See also Florida Natural Areas Inventory's Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida
page (Chafin 2000).
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 Big Pine Key. Reported in 1913
by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and sand dunes from the upper Keys to the lower Keys, but Small's definition of the upper Keys included the middle and lower Keys south and west to West Sumerland Key. We consider this native and extant in the middle and lower Keys. For more information on S. maritima in the Florida Keys, see IRC's species account