Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online
Native Range: Southern United States (perhaps only South Florida), the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; naturalizing outside of its native range. In South Florida, known only from Key West.
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
Assumed to be Native
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
FISF Comments: Although treated as an exotic by the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants and others, this was collected early in Key West and is native throughout the West Indies, including Cuba and the Bahamas.
Florida Keys History and Distribution: First collected between 1838 and 1853 by John Loomis Blodgett on the island of Key West. Also collected at Key West by A.H. Curtiss in 1895. Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and disturbed sites in the lower Keys. We know of no recent collections.