South Florida and the West Indies (not Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Lesser Antilles); widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere.
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Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
Monroe and Miami-Dade counties; West Indies. In South Florida, native to the middle and upper Florida Keys (south to about Lower Matecumbe Key), the extreme southern peninsula along the shores of Florida Bay, and the Brickell Hammock area of the mainland where collected once in 1904. It is often planted outside of its historical range, and is now escaping from cultivation and sometimes invading conservation areas. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida
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Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys
Florida Keys History and Distribution:
Reported in 1913
by John Kunkel Small for hammocks from the upper Keys to the lower Keys. However, Elbert L. Little, Jr. (1978) maps this only for the upper Keys south to about Lower Matecumbe Key in the middle Keys. We consider this native and extant in the upper Keys and middle Keys south to Lower Matecumbe Key and cultivated and naturalized in the remainder of the middle and lower Keys.