Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
While treated as introduced to Florida by several recent sources (e.g., ITIS, USDA PLANTS, Wunderlin & Hansen 2011), we can find no compelling reason to do so. This is a widespread species in the America tropics which was reported for “Hammocks, S Fla.” by Small (1933). It was treated as native to Florida for decades, through at least Wunderlin (1998). While this may have spread as a weed to the north and west, we treat it as a native to South Florida. However, it is possible that plants in South Florida represent both native and introduced populations.