South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
Native, Extirpated then Reintroduced
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
Intensive research in herbaria indicates that this is native to the lower Florida Keys, where it was probably extirpated and then reintroduced from cultivated plants. It is widely cultivated and escaping well outside of its historical range nearly throughout South Florida.
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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 the island of Key West and on Big Pine Key. Reported in 1913
by John Kunkel Small for hammocks in the lower Keys. We consider this native, extirpated and then reintroduced in the lower Florida Keys.