South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status:
Although ranked as critically imperiled by IRC in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002), new populations have been discovered since 2002 leading to the downranking of this to imperiled in 2014. Updated NatureServe criteria were used.
Synonyms: Malachra alceifolia
var. fasciata; Malachra alceifolia
, misapplied. Although placed into synonymy under M. fasciata
by some authors (e.g., Florida Atlas, USDA PLANTS), South Florida plants represent M. urens
if the two entities are separated as is done in the Flora of the West Indies (see link below); among other characters, M. fasciata
sensu stricto has flowers white turning pink.