Mexico and Central America. Recently discovered in South Florida (Woodmansee & Sadle 2011) and uncertain if native there.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
Assumed to be Native
Although recently discovered, it has only been found in intact, undisturbed rockland hammocks in Everglades National Park. We would treat this as native, versus assumed to be native, except for the fact that there are no records of this from the West Indies, and it theoretically could have originated from cultivated plants.